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CLASS OF 1889 






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1946 - 1967 

Lutheridge, Inc. 

Lutheran Assembly Grounds 

Arden, NC 

Main Entrance Gate — U.S. Highway 25 South 


Rev. J. Lewis Thornburg, D.D. 

First Executive Director 


1946 - 1967 

Lutheridge, Inc. 

Lutheran Assembly Grounds 

Arden, NC 

with narrative 

Rev. J. Lewis Thornburg 
First Executive Director 


This page is dedicated to the loving memory of all those who served so faithfully 
and effectively during my years of service. 

We likewise pay tribute to those who are still with us, and rendered faithful and 
efficient service, but whose physical and mental condition prohibits them from 
knowing about this story. 


One of my chief interests in a diversified ministry, all of which has been spent 
in the Lutheran Synod of north Carolina, was Christian Education on the parish 
level. An article in The Lutheran, dated September 6th, 1934, has this headline, 
"My Congregation and Parish Education'' by J. Lewis Thornburg, Statesville, M.C. 
This interest was kept alive through my participation in Summer School for Church 
Workers, as well as training schools on a county and district level. The years spent 
at our Lutheran Assembly Grounds kept the focus on Leadership Training for 
children, young people and adults. We assure you that it was not easy for us to 
terminate this rich and exciting ministry. 

Since then many of you have asked and suggested that we write a history of these 
events in which so many had participated. Our reply to each was the same, "We 
are not a historian, and we have never been officially asked to do this ". A large 
collection of photos, programs, copies of the weekly newspaper, Tel-A-Vision, and 
many other items awakened an interest to assemble "A PICTORIAL STORY" of 
Lutheridge with narratives. The photos, transparencies, and other items are from 
the original, and not reproductions or duplicates. I have made an earnest effort 
to see that all dates, and other data in the narratives are true and correct. I assume 
responsibility for any errors or omissions. I wish it were possible to include the 
names of the many individuals who have provided photos and transparencies but 
many of you will recognize yours, and we hope you will find pleasure in being a 
part of this project. I have found much pleasure, joy and satisfaction in assemb- 
ling the materials to be printed in this Pictorial Story. We hope each of you will 
experience some of the same joy and pleasure. 

We hope our efforts will meet with your approval and acceptance, and as a result 
there will be a permanent record of some of the exciting and enriching experiences 
that so many of us shared during the passing years. 

We want to thank each of you for your encouragement, your co-operation and 
support in this enterprise; for without this the project would never have gotten 
off the launching pad. 



Mary Lee Barnhardt Thornburg 

My wife and team-mate who shared many happy, 
eventful, exciting and serviceable years and whose 
life of devotion, patience, dedication, creativity, co- 
operation and encouragement enabled me, by God's 
grace to complete this pictorial story of Lutheridge. 

Martha Thornburg Cauble 

Our daughter, a constant source of joy and 

The Beginning 


Someone once said "Everything had a beginning before it really began.'' The story we are presen- 
ting could bear out the truth of this remark. Mrs. Fred Shepherd, daughter of J. L. Sifford, Ebenezar, 
China Grove, gave me the original copy of these minutes, and they are now in the Archives at the 
Church House in Salisbury, N.C. 

A seed symbolizing "Leadership Training" was planted, then watered and cultivated through the 
years— when a healthy plant called "Summer School for Church Workers" grew and flourished bear- 
ing much fruit in every leader "being a trained leader". 



This Is where It all began In 1889. St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Cabarrus County, H.C. 

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The Early Years 

The years following the first Sunday School Convention at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church do not 
provide too much information about the continuation of training for Sunday School teachers and 
other church leaders. 




However, we do have a record of the compiling and editing a "HYMNAL FOR THE SUNDAY SCHOOL" 
by the Rev. E. C. Cronk. The Hymnal was officially approved and recommended by the United Synod 
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the south. In the Preface, Rev. Cronk writes, "A widespread 
and generally recognized need for a book of dignified churchly, singable hymns and tunes is the 
reason for the existence of the Hymnal for the Sunday School." Appreciations were also expressed 
to Mrs. E.C. Cronk, Mrs. E.A. Shenk, Rev. C. Armand Miller, D.D., and Rev. C.F.W. Hoppe for their 
valuable assistance and suggestions. 

This year not only marked the end of the First World War but a very historical event in the life 
of American Lutheranism. There was a merger of three general Lutheran bodies into the United 
Lutheran Church in America. The three merging groups were the United Synod South, the General 
Council, and the General Synod. 

A few years later there was a merger of two synodical groups; namely, the Evangelical Lutheran 
Tennessee Synod and the Lutheran Synod of North Carolina, merged into the United Evangelical 
Lutheran Synod of North Carolina. 

1921 Forward! 

The seed which was sown in 1889 germinated, was watered and fed, and has now grown into 
a healthy, vigorous plant. One of the branches can rightly be called, The Parish and Church School 
Board of the ULCA, under the direction of Dr. C. P. Wiles— its Executive Secretary. 

THE MERGERS brought into focus a new concept in Christian Education. The Parish and Church 
School Board, Dr. C. P. Wiles, Executive Secretary, offered new courses in leadership training, and 
Summer School for Church Workers became the agency through which this training was offered 
to the church at large. 

THE FIRST Summer School for Church Workers was held at Lenoir-Rhyne the summer of 1921. 
I know; for I attended! These schools were held yearly at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory; Mt. Plea- 
sant Collegiate Institute, and Mont Amoena Seminary, in Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina; and at 
Newberry and Summerland colleges in South Carolina. 

The type of program and activities held at Lenoir-Rhyne in 1923 was very similar to those of- 
fered each summer. These schools brought together leaders from other synods in the area as well 
as leaders of the national Church. This exchange of leadership broadened the base of interest and 
outlook among the rank and file of our congregational membership, resulting in a moving from 
a parochial to a national and world-wide view of the Church's ministry. 






United Evangelical Lutheran Synod 


To 8 e,her with ,he Minute, of ft. Called Co„ve„ tion . 
held in Connecfion with ft,, Merger 

S^bury, N. C, March 1-2, 1921 
Burlington, N.C., June 7-10, 1921 

Name - . 




mmer School for Church Workers 

HICKORY, N. C, AUGUST 19-26, 1925. 

(Choose one in each group.) 


( ) 

1. For Teachers of Frimary Classes. 


2. For Teachers of Junior Classes. 


3. For Teachers of Intermediates Classes. 

( ) 

4. For Teachers of Senior Classes. 


5. For Teachers of Adults. 


( 1 

1. Light Brigade. 


2. Women's Societies. 

( ) 

3. Luther League. 

( ) 

4. Brotherhood. 


( 1 

1. Luther League. 

( ) 

2. Women's Societies. 

( ) 

3. Pastor's Conference. 

Enrollment card 





Summer School 


Church Workers 


A group of students, with Dr. H. A. McCullough, (center), pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 
Columbia, S. C, and one of the aggressive leaders in the field of Leadership Training. 

Opportunity was given for trips to nearby points of interest. This group, with Dr. Qomer 
Reese, Philadelphia, one of the leaders in musical programs. They are taking a stop at Blow- 
ing Rock, n.C. 

Lutheran Summer School For 
Church Workers, 1923 

Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N. C. 

July 25th to August 2nd 

F:tsl Meal in boaiding hall, 600 P M., Wednesday, July 25. 
Assembly for Registration— Til5, Announcements. 


Get-Together Reception, by State Luther League— 8:13 in Gymnasium. 

DAILY SCHEDULE (Except Sunday and final day) 


9 uO— Matins; Led by Members of Faculty. 
Q 13— Bible Study: Dr. H. A. McCullough. 


9-50, and . 
11:50 — Sunday School Teacher Training. 
. - .(I) "Praparmian lor- Tsarina' __ a. .Sister Ruth 

(2) "The Pupil" _ Miss Olive Counts 

(3) The Teacher" Rev L. A. Thomas 

(41 "Teachtr's Study of the Life of Christ"— Pastor E. D. Wessinger 
(5) "The School" Dr. H. A. McCullough 

(61 ■'Teaching Value nt Old Testament" Pastor Henry Einspruch 

"On linal day, Thursday. August 2. examinations will be held for all who 
uc;ire credit toward Standard Diploma. Courses aim to complete texts. 
lions and Stewardship. 

"The Honorable Japanese Far., 

Miss Miriam Treon 

. "Saving America Through Hor Young Peo- 
ple" . Sister Pcarle Lyerly 

Janan. ■Creative Forces ir Japan" Dr. L. S. G. Miller and 

Miss Maude Powlas 

"The Lutheran Church and the Negro" Secy. Z. M. Carbe 

"The Inner Mission Supt. James Oosterling 

10 30 |9:50 on August 21— Mi; 
(!) Fur Lignt Brig-ide 

(2) For Luther Leagut 

I No) 

August 1.) 

| 10— Organization Confe 

(11 Light Brigade ... Miss Miriam Treon 

(J) Luther League — Pastor S. White Rhyne 

(3i Women's Societies . Mrs,! J, L. Morgan 

(4) Brotherhood Supt. James (fosterling 

(5) Church Musicians Mrs. E. A. Shcnk, Mrs. Geo. Westbrooke 

and Mr. T. B. Peery 


...Mr Peery. y 

:o Congregations 

Shenk. Mi.. Westbrooke 
Prcs.iJ. L. Morgan 


phia. Pa. Executi 

M. Philadel- 
*e Secretary, 
Board, United 
Lutheran Church. 
to us from the Summerland As- 
sembly to take the same work. 
N. C. Western District Chairman. 
Athletic Association of N. C. High 
School Girls. 

Md. Past 

, Sale 



Lutheran Mission. Editor "The 
Hebrew Lutheran" 

ELSON, MR. W P. New York City. 
Publicity Department. National 
Lutheran Council. Formerly with 
Lutheran Bureau, and Lenoir Col- 
lege Appeal. 

GREEVER, DR. W. H., Columbia. S. C. 
Author. Editor, Professor in South- 
ern Seminary 


N. C. 


jr. Le- 

r- Rhyne College. 
McCULLOUCH, DR. H. A., Columbia. 
S. C. 'Pastor, St.-Paols crnrtrh. Di- 
rector, Summerland Assembly for 
several years. A member of the 




phia. Pa. Executive Secretary, 
Board of Ministerial Relief. United 
Lutheran Church. 

MILLER. DR. L. S. G., Japan. One of 

field. Now in charge of the For- 
eign Mission Forward Fund in the 
Southern district. 

MORGAN, DR. J. L.. Salisbury. N. C. 
President. United E. L. Synod of 
N. C. 

MORGAN, MRS. J. L. Salisbury. N. C. 
Thank Offering Secretary, N. C. 
Synodical Women's Society. 

more, Md. Superintendent, The 
Lutheran Inner Mission Society of 
Baltimore and Vicinity. Formerly 
with Lutheran Brotherhood of 


ENTON, Colo. Pub- 
lool Musiq. Very popular 
cessful in choir work. Fo r m- 
th California Opera Co. 

furluugh from the Japan field. 
Founded and housed our Rescue 

RAMER. DR. A. L., Allentown, Pa. 

Board. United Luthel 



Mount, N. C. Secretary. Eastern 

Carolina Field Missions, United 
Synod of N. C. 

SHENK. MRS. E. A.. Greensboro. 
Successful orjramst and choir 


N. C. 



Mothcrhouse. With the E. L. 
Church of the Advent, New York 

Motherhouse. With the First Eng- 
lish E. L. Church. Richmond, Va. 

THOMAS. REV. L. A . Concord. N. C. 
A very succesful pastor. Member 
of Board of Trustees of Lenoir- 
Rhyne College. 

A new worker in Light Brigade 
work who comes to us with highest 

WESSINGER, REV. B. D., Cherryville, 
N. C. Successful pastor. Repeats 
his course of last year. 

Roeky Mount, N. C. Director, 
Rocky Mount Choral Club. Success- 
ful choir director. Will be director 
of music and soloist for the Con. 
vention of Women's Society at 
Statesville. Comes with flattering 
news comments on her work. 

Synodical Committee on Summer School 
for Church Workers: 

Prof. Graver Morgan. Chm., Hickory. 
N. C. 

Rev. G. H. C. Park. Secy, and Treas.. 
East Gastoma, N. C. 

Rev. Prof. Jno. B. Moose, Mt. Pleasant, 
N. C. 

Mr. W. L. Dixon. Charlotte. N. C. 

Mr. J. P. Bums. Hickory, N. C. 
From Luther League; 

Miss Ruth Dry. Concord, N. C. 




E. A Shenk, Greensboro. N. C. 


Recreation and Grr up Interests. State Luther League in charge. Committee: 

S- W Rhyne, Nellie K. Dry, Norman G. LaMottc 
5;30 — Slory Himr, Faculty jnd other Leaders. 

"Stewardship" - ...Dr. W. H. Greevcr 

"Publicity" Mr. W. P. Bison 

7:15— Vespers: On Campus (In chapel when necessary.) 

Mush, ln(ercc^^llln, Messages from the Field. 
Thursday, 26lh. "The Immigrant in His American Environment." 

Dr. A. L. Ramer 

Friday, 27th. "The Deaconess." Sisters Ruth and Pearle 

Saturday, 28th. "Hebrew Christians" Pastor Einspruch 

Monday, 30th. "Our Seminary'' _ Dr. Greever 

Tuesday. 31st. "Women of Japan" _ Miss Powlas 

8:15 — Evening Assembly. In chapel. 

Thursday, -6th. Illustrated lecture on our Japanese Work 

- „Dr. L. S. G. Miller 

Friday. 27th. "From Holland to Hickory, via Home Missions" 

Supt. James Oosterling 

Saturday. 28th. Illustrated lecture on West Indies Missions 

Secy. Z. M. Corbe 

Monday. 30th. The Lenoir College film. (First in the South.) 
Tuesday, 31st. "What the National Lutheran Council is Finding to 
Do in Europe" - Mr. W. P. Elson 


0MS — Sunday ttrhooi. Mi.del ila*=cs ut Tisitir.e; leaders. 
11:00— The Sen-ice. Strmcn by Rev. Z. M. Corbe. 
4:00— Light Brigade program, in St. Andrews Church. 
4:00 — Meeting of District ind State Brotherhood, in chapel. 
7:15 — Luther League, Model meeting in chapel. 
3:15— Vespers, Sermon by Dr. Edgar Grim Miller. 


P:00 P. M.— Pageant, "The Way." an Japan (by Mrs. Cronk and Mrs. Copen- 
havcr.) (Schools and societies might consider this for home use. and 
costumes are available for rent. Plan in advance.) 


0:00— Matins and Bible Study, as usual. 
0:50— Missions, etc. 

10:30— Sunday School Teachers' Examinations. 
11.35 — Qosmg Assembly — Goodbye till next year! 


Registration, (1.00. This uclmttS to all class work. All assembly programs 

are free. Secy. C. H. C. Park will receive fee and issue badges. 
Board and Room. 57.00 for the session. One day. J 1.25. One meal, 50c. 
Ticas. Paul Sieg will sell neal tickets. 


Trains le»v e for North and East at 1:48 and 5:50 P. M., for the South 
at 2:30 P. M„ and for the West at 11:30 A. M. and G:15 P M. 

On arrival, come directly to the college, one mile east of station. Taxi 
faica, Single passenger, Z0c; More ll^nri unc in car, 25c. each. 





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hu>^ // ff sl 3 *""hoi-"'"*"hohe"wewsphp£r of constructive ideals. clean ano reliable" itr'^Sv ice. and a promoter of southern resources. 





Convention ot North Carolina 
Synod in Seiston Here. 

/ feA? N — — 

HLIHSDA1 MOR/-*Cy^ ^MHfcR H, |Q2l 


NATJJLMM HFAH I Mrs - An,hony P»* -°° k 


Stale Division .ol Daughters In I 

Convention of North Carolina; 
Synod in Session Here. 


Synod invites Cooperation efl 

Other Lutheran Bodies ,r .Pur | 

chase of Grounds in State. 

Business sevens inthe xnorn^ 

at whlch various — «ee n ^ 

we re made an p 

gelism by R ev . ,,: h eran church, and 
of St. Mark s Lutheran herj o£ 

talks by Dr. A. " o home mission 
Richmond. Va ° n general sec- 

and by Dr. J. F. , SeiD featured 

retary o£ the mission Mark s 

the first da> here j conv en- 

church of the HOttw Luth . 

retary of the -.^ at 

church of the 1 20th * n lical L utn- 
tion of .^e united Evan^^^^ 

eran Synod of Now busines s mat- 
the afternoon * es n s f 10 " mi Uees were 
tere and reports o "™ $10 0.000 

continued, discussion o . place 

home missions, fun a Luthe ran 

na an invitation to o purchase 

and an mviutuu,, ~ purcnase 

»»'» -i WeStern N ° 
Ca^-^steViaT^sion^ V( lic.d 

The ministerial s-^ er -- lea by 

.'..:„'■ nnd addresses on J 
issions, "> I 

eran seminary at Columbia, S. C, 
will spak on ministreial supply. Dr. 
Fred Gotwald, secretary of the board 
of education, will address the con- 

This evening at 7:30 o'clock Ben 
Clark, of Salisbury, and Edgar 
Stockman, of Monroe, and Lewis 
Thornburg, of Mount Airy Seminary, 
Philadelphia, will be ordained. 

The Thursday sessions begin at 
8:45 o'clock with devotions led by 
Kev. G. H. Cooper, followed at 9 
o'clock by the business session. 
There will be the report of the ex- 
amining committee. Rev. M. M. 
Kinard, D.D.; election of officers; re- 
ports of boards on Lowman's home, 
orphans home, Theological seminary 
and ^durational institutions, and on 
church Institutions and education, ii„. 
Rev, J. C. Pietz. 

The afternoon session today will 
begin at 2 o'clock, after devotions by 
Rev. B. A. Barringer, and will be de- 
voted to unfinished business; reports 
of committees, on letters and peti- 
tions, by Rev. C. A. Brown; on 
stewardship, by A. A. Rhyne; on 
publicity, by Rev. A. M. Huffman. 
There will be the appointment of 
standing committees, and the elec- 
tion of delegates to the 1924 conven- 
tion of the United Lutheran church. 

After the ordination ceremonies in 
the evening, vespers will be led by 
Rev. P. J. Bame, and there will be 
a sermon by Rev. B. D. Wessinger. 

The convention will adjourn Fri- 
day, after the morning session. 

Rt 5;1 T 5 TY P '\iauney. and address 
BeV . J. D. M * un f „V e iKn missions 
education ami *««<■ boiirds , 
held at 7:30 P- m. g - Pas tor J. 

This morning at ^i- will speak 
F . Crigler, ot Charlotte, ^ 

on the Deaconess Wort,^^ Luth- 
H. Greever. ot tne 

The morning w ,,i.„ 
8:45. The roll of thf ,°Pened at 
delegates was called 6 Eft 1 *?" and I 
found that near ■son £ d " wa * I 
Kev. J. c. Dle a t ^ 200 were present. 

then elected secretary S f f sbu ^ was 

Senator l?Jf '£ Hev-^' 
-ove dt ' ° c f ha WS n Mountain, h 

£"&« L-m^vario^ ^^^ 

as i 


as I 

ation of the world aZZ, e con t'nu- 

($850,000) and he In appeai f °r I 

ministers under ths lnsuranc e of all 

Plan. The audifnl g ° UP insur Mce 

Ported that WO,6*oVH? Itt,a re " 

by the synod in 'the year ?JS5 raised , 

Moneys raised «n 23 - 

e synod f„ ?„*". ° r&ani2 ations of 

and its "organiza- 

the Dasto7of's"t: - Mar V k' s J - c ^ C ^r. 
dressed the synod on £ hurch . ad- 
covering principles r°" Evan eelism, 
methods of sane ev'an P / el Srams and 
ticular interest is The SSm - ° f P"- 
?-' evangelism, £„$? f/f^al side 
toral, persona and li Udea P^" 
Bellsm. nd or ganized evan 

mond, Va., h f n r ? anCher ' cf »i-l. 
Home Missions «, an . a ddr ess on 
divldau and enn^o P eafled for in- 1 

Pleaded with tE a ^. ml ? 3ions and 

Pleaded with the oh, f ons a nd 
^eir apportionmeV,^, to r ^ 
The af fT noon Session' 

O h cL h c e k a ^ h n rv S r L °% b "-" a t 2 
the devotionals. '- This' I 03 ' leadi "S 
devoted to items of b„ Kir , Sess,on « 
report of committees "^ and th 

ho m e\^ on te C n 8 d --e the $I 00,000 
sembly grounds d Lut heran as 

Khyne, of Rockv i ev ' S - White 
empowered to can™ "*"' Shou,d be 
h alf of the abnv» synod in be 

Which has already^ ""'- 539,000 of 
^.ove was cha^eriz e e e d n a r s a ' Sed - ™i S 

S^-rs?* e~ tt s w a S a d L ec ; d h - ' 

er an bodies 





Summer School 


Cooperating Synods: 


Blue Ridge Assembly Grounds 


July 6-13, 1940 





—Martin Luther. 

Administrative Officers 

Director— Rev. W. C. Davis, D D.._Charle8ton,f S. .C. 
Dean— Rev. Geo H. Rhodes, D.D., Albemarle, N. C. 
Secretary Treasurer— Rev. W. A. Reiser, D.D., Augusta, Ga. 
Registrar — Rev. J. Lewla Thomburg, Statesvllle, N. C. 
Editor Tel- A- Vision— Miss Helen Miller, Hickory, N t C. 

Advanoe Room Reservation 
To reserve a room write the Registrar, Rev.' J. Lewla Thomburg,, 
Statesvllle, N. C. Send the reglatration fee of $1 per person. This will 
assure you an Immediate room assignment upon arrival. 

The Cost 
Registration fee, $) 00, (Short term registration fee, .50) 
Meala (for the week}, $6 00.' (Short term for meala, 51.25 per day) 

Lee Hall Iwithout bath) per week $8.50 (Theae hotel rates are 

Martha Washington, per week 5.50 for each person, two 

Overflow Cottagea, per week 5.00 In a room) 

Lee Hall i Private bath), alngle $2.60 per day; $4.00 per day double. 

Abbott Hall (private bath), $2.00 per person Blngle, or $3.00 double. 

Abbott Hall (connecting bath), $1.75 single, or $2.50 double. 

Aaheville Hall, apartments with bath, at a rental of three times the 
adult rate In Lee Hall, furnished with electric meter; occupants to 
furnish their own hot plates. Dishes and cooking equipment la fur- 
nished for three persons in each apartment. 

Short term rate on rooms la twenty-five cents per day per person above 
the regular conference rate. 

Rooms without bath in Lee Hall and Martha Washington have conven- 
ient access to bath and toilet facilities. 

Housekeeping Cottages 

If Interested write the Registrar for further details about cottagea. 
However, this information is given now: There will be two cottages for 
eight people at $40 each for the week, with the privilege of adding ten 
more persona at $2 each. There will be alx cottages for ten people at 
$50 each for the week, with the privUege of adding ten more persona at 
$2 each. 

Cots, linen and blankets will be furnished by Blue Ridge. Each cot- 
tage is equipped with cooking vessels, china and silver for six persona; 
groups occupying these cottagea must bring additional material for all 
persona beyond that number. The Committee allots four of these cot- 
tagea to North Carolina, three to South Carolina and one to Georgia- 
Alabama Synod. Reservations should be made early for these cottages. 

While the school is asked to do real work there la ample opportun- 
ity for wholesome recreation — swimming, tennis, mountain hikes, golf, 
soft ball, horse shoes, etc. There are equipped playgrounds for children. 

Come by Train, Bus or Automobile 
Blue Ridge Is fifteen miles east of Asbeville, two miles from Black 
Mountain, on N. C. Highway No. 10 (U. S. Highway No. 70). Tourist 
rate summer fares can be had on train and bus. Mail addreaa — Lutheran 
Assembly, Blue Ridge, N. C. 

"Beautiful for Situation" 

Located on the edge of the Smoky Mountain Park, the most popular 
park In the country. In the rugged mountains, near Mt. Mitchell, the 
highest peak east of the Rockies. "Skyland Drive", a park to park high- 
way, la nearby, many miles of it near Blue Ridge now open. A well- 
planned program with Inspirational leaders and fellowship with Christian 
workers from over our Southland combine with the Beautiful setting to 
give inspiration and spiritual stimulus which can hardly be measured. 

Saturday, July 6, 1940 

7:00 P.M.— First Meal. 

7:45 P.M.— Opening Service, with key-note address by Rev. Theo. 
Flnck. D.D . Philadelphia. Pa. 
1013 P.M.— The Family Altar (All the Family Altar programs will 
be under the direction of Chaplain Rev Carl Caughman, 
Cameron, 3. C.) 
10:30 P.M.— Taps. 

Sunday, July 7th 

7:30 A.M.— Reveille 

8:00 A.M.— Breakfast 

8:45-11.00 A.M.— Sunday School. 

Adulta taught by Dr Russell Snyder; Young People taught 
by Dr. M. L. Stirewalt; Children under 13 taught by Mrs. 
J. H. Heinsohn. 
11:16 A.M.— The Service. 

The Liturgist, Chaplain Caughman The Preacher, The Rev 
Oscar F. Biackwelder, D.D. Washington, D. C. 

1:10 P.M.— Dinner. 

2:00-2:30 — Quiet Hour 

2 30 P.M.— Brotherhood Hour with Dr. Henry Bagger In charge. 

8:00 P.M.— Supper. 

7:00-7:15 — Sunset Devotions by the Luther League. 

7:30 P.M. — Vespers 

Liturgist. Chaplain Caughman, Preacher, Dr. Biackwelder. 
1015 P.M.— The Family /Jtar. 
1030 P.M. — Tape. 

Daily School Program Beginning Monday 

7:00 A.M.— Reveille. 
7:30 A.M.— Breakfast. 

8:30-9 25 A.M.— Devotions with Bible Study for Adults, by Dr Russell 
Snyder. Philadelphia Theological Seminary; Bible Study for 
Youth, by Dr. M. L. Stirewalt, Columbia Theological Sem- 
9.80-10:20 AM — First Leadership Training Period: 

(Course 14a ) Special Elective. Text "My Progress" — 
Nolde and Hoh; Teacher Rev. Boyd Ha mm. King's Moun- 
tain, N. C. 

(Course 110a). Text: "My Life" — Nolde and Hoh; Teacher, 
Rev. C K. Derrick, Charleston, S. C. 

cial Elective). Text: "My Materials" — Nolde and Hoh; 
Teacher, Rev H P. Wyrick. Charlotte, N. C. 

131-a). Text: "My Work" by Nolde and Hoh; Teacher, 
Rev. Paul G. McCuilough. Miami, Florida. 
(Note' The above courses are from the elementary series 
Two of these texts, five hours each, are Included In one 
course. Any two caa be taken at the same time. Select 
2. CHRISTIAN WORSHIP. (Course 144tJ General, required) 
Text "Worship" by Fink. Teacher, Dr. Theo. Flnck, Phila- 
delphia, Pa. 

"Stand By 

( Ballou ) , 

3. A STUDY IN MISSION I Course 147b). Text: 
for China" and "Dangerous Opportunity" 
Teacher, Mrs Virgil Sease, Now Brunswick, N. J. 

4. A STUDY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. (Course 122b). 
General, required) Text. 'The Ne« Testament, A Study" by 
Alleman Teacher. Dr John B Moose. Columbia, S. C 

The student's book will be "Studies In Social Problems," by 
Hei3^y and Hoh Supplemental materials will be used. 
Teacher, Dr. P. D Brown. Salisbury, N. C. 

311b, Special) Text: "Social and Religious Problrms," by 
Weston and Harlow Teacher. Dr. C. A Linn. Savannah, Ga 

7. CHILD'S APPROACH TO RELIGION. (Course 215b. Spe- 
cial), Outlines and Reference Materials will be supplied. 
Bring copies of Lesson Courses in use In the Children's 
Division. Teacher. Mrs. John B Moose, Columbia, S C. 

to be announced. Teacher, Misa Virginia Greever. Colum- 
bia. S C 

A. W. Frey. Augusta, Ga. 

JUNIOR AGE. Teacher, Mrs J Henry Heinsohn, Charles- 
ton, S. C. 
8.30-10:20 A.M. — The First Conference for Pastors and Laymen Sub- 
ject: "Ministry to the Individual". Teacher. Dr. H. 
D Hoover. Gettysburg, Pa. 
10:25-11:05 A.M.— Study Period 

11:10-12:00 Noon— The Second Leadership Training Period. 
12:05-12:55 P.M.— Conference Hour: 

1. Second Conference for Pastors and Laymen. 
Subject: "Five Live Issues In Our Life and Work." 
Leader; Dr. Henry H. Bagger, President Pittsburg 

2. Conference for Women. Leader, Mrs. John B Moose. 

3. The Children of the Church— for Leaders and 
Teachers. Topics: The Program for our Children, 
Materials — Units of Study. Methods, Accomplish- 
ments, Future Education of Children. Leader, Misa 
Ella Engel, Philadelphia, Pa. 

4. Luther Leagues: 

Senior— Leader. Mr. Alvin H Schaedlger, President 
L.L. of America. Subject: "The New Luther Leagua 

Intermediate — Leader, Rev. Luther Mauney, Pulaski, 
1 10 P.M.— Dinner. 

2:00- 3:00 P.M. — Quiet Hour and Study. 

3:00- 5.30 P.M. — Recreation; Directed by Rev. Palmer P. Pierce, 
Columbia, S. C. 
6:00 P.M.— Supper. 

7:00- 7:25 P.M. — Sunset Devotions under the direction of the Luther 

7:30- 8:00 P.M.— Song Service. 

Evening Lectures: Monday, Dr. E. C. Cooper, Col- 
umbia, S. C. 

Tuesday. Dr H D. Hoover 

Wednesday and Thursday. Rev Dr Hajime Inadoml. 
of Japan- 
Friday. Dr Henry H Bagger. 

9:00-10:15 P.M.— Fellowship Hour. 
10:15 P.M.— The Family Altar. 
10:30 P.M.— Taps. 




The Charlotte Observer, with a photo of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in that city, carried an ac- 
count of the annual convention of the north Carolina Synod, at which meeting the Lutheran 
Assembly Grounds was given special consideration. It is recalled that three laymen attending the 
convention made the announcement that they would underwrite the cost of the real estate whenever 
and wherever the synod decided to locate such a movement. 


Mt. Pleasant 

The minutes of that convention carried: "Are part of a committee on Lutheran Assembly Grounds ", 
on page 81 of the minutes. This action was reported even before the synod owned any property 
for Assembly. 

The Summer School for Church Workers of the United Evangelical Lutheran Synod of North Carolina 
was held August 3-12-1926, with program schedule and leaders as presented herewith 

Mount Pleasant Collegiate Institute and Mount Amonea Seminary served jointly in providing ac- 
commodations for the school. 



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Blue Assembly 


The Lutheran Summer School for Church Workers with north Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia- 
Alabama, and Florida Synods co-operating, was held at the Blue Ridge Assembly Grounds, Black 
Mountain, Pi. C, on July 7-13, 1940. The program and schedule followed the pattern of previous 
synodical schools with leaders from participating synods, pastors and professors from the church 
at large, along with a number of missionaries from other lands. 

During the week, pastors and lay persons were engaged in conversation about Lutherans own- 
ing and operating a Summer Assembly Grounds in Western north Carolina. 

At the first joint school held at Blue Ridge Assembly Grounds, during the breakfast period, Dr. 
li. A. McCullough spoke to the group in his own characteristic style, declaring we had been on the 
mountain top for a week, with mountain top experiences, so, "Go home and tell your vision to your 

definite period 
mer Schools. 

Thus the name of the weekly newspaper was born, and from that time for an in- 
"Tel-A-Vision" was the official name of the weekly news bulletin for Lutheran Sum- 

J f 

Published Dy the 17. C, B.C., Ga,-Ala., Florida Summer School for C.W._ 


I served as register for this school and upwards of OME THOUSAND persons, including babies, 
children, young people, pastors, lay persons, teachers, professors, a truly mountain top experience 
for everyone. 

One night, we experienced a very heavy electrical storm and the next morning, one of the leaders 
read the poem by Dr. William L. Stidger, "I Saw God Wash the World". 


I saw God wash the world last night 
With His sweet shower on high; 

And then when morning came 
I saw Him hang it out to dry. 

He washed each tiny blade of grass, 

and every trembling tree; 
He flung His showers aginst the Hills 

and swept the billowy sea. 

The white rose is a cleaner white; 

The red rose is more red 
Since God washed every fragrant face 

and put them all to bed. 

There's not a bird, there's not a bee, 

That wings along the way, 
But is a cleaner bird and bee 
Than it was yesterday. 

I saw God wash the world last night; 

Ah, would He had washed me 
As clean of all my dust and dirt 

As that old white birch tree: 

—William L. Stidger 

Martha Thornburg (left) and Mary Ann Huffman. St. John's, 

The V. R. Cromer, the Jeff Horris and Wayne Boliek families 
occupying one of the cottages at Blue Ridge 





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9 1 £ + 

One of the attendants, enjoying the "Popular 
Rocking Chair Course" on the porch of Lee 

Joint summer at Kanuga. (Ho program available). 



Land Purchased 


This was the topic of conversation and discussion when and wherever Lutherans from the southeast gathered. When 
Lutherans came to Blue Ridge Assembly Grounds in Black Mountain, M. C, the conversations and discussions regarding 
our own Assembly Grounds were intensified. Such leaders as Dr. A. G. Voigt, Dr. W. H. Greever, Dr. H. A. McCullough, Dr. 
P. D. Brown, Dr. George H. Rhodes, just to name a few, were pressing for such a property in Western North Carolina. The 
synodical presidents of the area were asked to contact the Rev. S. White Rhyne, Executive Secretary of the Parish and Church 
School Board of the ULCA, asking him to convene a meeting of representatives of all of the southern Lutheran Synod, and 
to form a search team to seek out a desirable location. This was done, and time after time the group met to look at possible 
sites, but their efforts were unsuccessful. 


A Dream Came 


On August 5th, 1946 the Rev. S. White Rhyne received a letter from the Rev. Fisher, pastor 
of Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem, advising him that the N.C. delegation of which 
he was chairman, and by the authority of the Synod, had purchased a tract of land in South Bun- 
combe County, midway between Asheville and Hendersonville, consisting of 172 acres at a cost 
of a little more than $34,000.00. A meeting of the entire delegation was called to view the proper- 
ty, and each synod would decide if they would join in the ownership to begin the development of 
a Lutheran Summer Assembly. 

a^ugstrurg; lutberan Cfturcl) 

tBinfltOii-.Salfm. J3. <Z. 

August 14, 1946. 

itfii 1 5 mi 

Dr. S. White Rhyne, 
1228 Spruoe St., 
Philadelphia 7, Pa. 

Dear Dr. Rhyne: 

Due to higher bids we were unable to secure the property 
at Black Mountain on which the Committees agreed. The North 
Carolina Committee set out again to look at other sites. We 
finally selected and purchased some property at Arden, N. C. 
for 134,400.00. There are 172 acres In the tract. 

It is well looated on the Ashevllle-Hendersonville highway 
midway between the two cities. The property has already 
been deTeloped to some extent with an ezoellant road running 
throughout it. Quite a number of building sites have been 
located. I think the Committees will be well pleased with 

I would suggest that you oall a meeting of the general Comm- 
ittees, which includes the Synodical Committees, for their 
consideration of the property. The North Carolina Committed 
realizes that the other Committees are not bound by the trans- 
action If they are not in favor of the property selected. 


Very sincerely yours, 
Ray Rt Fisher. ,. 

S. White Rhyne 



The Lutheran Synods of South Carolina, and Georgia-Alabama took favorable action to join the 
north Carolina Synod in the joint ownership of the property and the development of a Lutheran 
Summer Assembly. Each of these synods elected members to serve on the Board of Trustees. Rev. 
Rhyne was asked to convene the group and preside over the business of organization and election 
of officers. The following officers were elected: 

Clarence L. Whisnant, chairman 
Dr. C. A. Linn, Vice-chairman 
B. T. Bodie, secretary 
Oscar Pitts, treasurer 

This meeting was held on August 25th, 1947 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Asheville. Com- 
mittees were appointed in preparation of the development of the property. At another meeting in 
St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Charlotte, December 30th, 1947. A number of names for the propos- 
ed corporation had been offered by various persons, but the one suggested by Secretary Bodie 
prevailed, and we now have a name . . . LUTMERIDQE. Someone asked, "What's in a name?" At 
this time, a constitution and bylaws along with a charter was adopted and ratified by the owning 


A Southern Lutheran Church Center For: 

Lutheran Leadership Training 
United Useful Vacationing 
Timely Conferences 
Helpful Associations 
Enriching Experiences 
Religious Instruction 
Inspiring Leaders 
Devotion to the Church 
Guiding Youth 
Extending the Kingdom of God 

Lutheridge — Has as its chief purpose the training of Christian leaders. 

An Investment in Lutheridge TODAY is an investment in the Christian 
Leadership of TOMORROW. 

Members of the Board of Trustees 

of the Joint Camp and Summer School 

of the Southern Synods 

Ooor/da-Alabama Synod 

Bis Hot. C. A. Linn, Ph.D. 
1711 Cornell Boad. B. B. 
Atlanta., Georgia 


Mr. Herman W. Boozer 

350 raachtree Battle Avenue, N.V. 

Atlanta, Georgia 

Borth Carolina Synod 

Tha Her. Volgt B. Croner, 
131(9 fifteenth Street 
Hickory, Borth Carolina 

D.D., President 

The Bar. Bar B. Fisher 
955 Hyde Arenue 
Winston-Salem, Borth Carolina 

Tha Her. S. V. Hahn, D.D. 
97 Qrore Street 
Concord, Borth Carolina 

Mr. Clarence I>. Whisnant 
Hickory, Borth Carolina 

Mr. Osoar Pitts 
Asherllle, Borth Carolina 

South Carolina Synod 

The Bev. Karl W. Klnard, 
31&3 Blossom Street 
Columbia, South Carolina 

Mr. B. T. Bodie 


Columbia, South Carolina 

Mr. B. E. Derrick 
Columbia, South Carolina 

E.D., President 

Members of of the Search Committee in front of 
St. Nark's Lutheran Church, Asheville, Ti. C. 


At the same time the Board decided to elect an Executive Director of Lutheridge, and a call was 
extended to the Rev. J. Lewis Thornburg, pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, China Grove. 

This group of men, ministers and laymen, were charged with awesome responsibilities. They had 
no precedent to guide them. They had very limited funds with which to operate. They all stood 
tall. They were men of faith and adventure, but always with their feet solidly on the ground. Con- 
tracts were let for eight buildings, and when they were completed and furnished ready for use, there 
was no indebtedness on them. There was never any mortgage indebtedness on the property or the 
buildings, although short term loans were obtained to complete financing of a unit while the donors 
were finishing the payment. 

In addition to committees of the Board, the following persons were employed: 

Hon. J. C. Sigmon, Sr. attorney 

Abee & Tashiro, an architectural firm for 
designing and long range planning. 

Carter & Bearden, Engineers, for topo, 
water and sewer installations. 

Reed & Abee, Inc., low bid on water and sewer 

The low bidders for the first eight buildings were: 

Merchant Construction Co., General contractor for 
Efrid Hall and the Lineberger Mem. dining hall 
and kitchen; Moser Plumbing Co., low bidder on all plumbing 
for the first eight units. 

Hartnett Electric Co., low bidder on electrical 

Lindsay 8. Eckard, contractor for the six cottages 


Two Special 


While construction was taking place on the Assembly Grounds at Arden, two Youth Camps were 
being conducted for north Carolina under the general supervision of Dr. Inez Seagle, professor at 
Lenoir-Rhyne College, and an experienced camp director for the New York-New England Synod. The 
Rev. Bernard Trexler, pastor of Holy Trinity, Rocky Mount was in charge of the camp at White Lake, 
N. C, and the Rev. Leslie Conrad, pastor of Holy Comforter Lutheran Church, Belmont, was in charge 
of the camp at John's River in Caldwell County. Pastor Thornburg was likewise involved in these 
activities as the Executive Director of Lutheridge. 


L. BOYD HAMM. Pastor 



Columbia, j3. C 

•AMM h b1 .«. 2611 Bratton Street 
February 21. 1949 

Study *ho Cmumch OrPlCBS 

Rev. & Mrs. 
Chin* Grove 

J. L. Thornburg 

, N. C. 




"Life begins at forty.* For forty years come of us 
dreaming, planning and hoping for Lutheran Assembly Grounds 
louth. Now It really begins. 


pleasing tc 
heed. You 

Added to tnia pleasure Is the announced Director, 
have a friend who has been close to tne movement now 
two will safely guide the development. 

It it 

at the 

All good wishes for you. 



C%<^£ -d-^-p 7; 

Rev. J. Lewis Thornburg 


/ INC. 


Lutheran Assembly Grounds of North Carolina. South Carolina and Georgia-Alabama Synods 


Southern Lutheran Churrh Center 

A glance at the above map readily reveals the central location of Lutheridge with reference to 
the southern Lutheran Church. The one hundred and seventy-two acre tract of land is located in 
the beautiful mountain country of western North Carolina, midway between Asheville and Hender- 
sonvillt'. and surrounded by the rolling peaks of the Blue Ridge and Smoky mountains. Our prop- 
erty is in the heart of the summer camping and assembly district. 

Considerable work has been done in the development of the property since it was purchased. 
Water and sewer lines have been installed. Roads and drives opened and graveled, and power lines 
extended through the property. A residential area opened, with more than half of the sixty lots 
already sold to individual Lutherans and congregational groups. 

The property is now ready for the construction of the buildings which will be necessary to pro- 
vide facilities for carrying on the camping and summer conference programs. 

A map of the eastern United States, with circles radiating out from Arden indicates the mileage 
to the most distant area to be served by Lutheridge. 


l^Call Accepted 

JMaa Grove » r 
February v+i ,c • • 

y 7th -, 19494. 

icknr,w led?ed ^me by 

a POSitJr 

Truste ' 

'ration i 
nd *■>-- 

Hickory. "^5. 

January 1| " m 

, Le «is Thornburg 
The Rev. J- >*■ 

China orore. 

:hina J' 

_. Thornburg: ttes of L»^» d f n ' 

Dear Be'- - lh9 Board ol >' lot ie, »■<•■■ " 

, .-alled meeting , ,,haran Church, Ct J a " ■,„ elected to 
At a «*a r " V M w £ Si.. ^'^ '„ -re unan^ousW autMrWaUon 
M-den, N.C , •»" scomber, l^ J l.utheridge. W £ tneI . id ge, «. 

*- «*- *J£ "pro ==t, "-^U*'* P»*« ' ? .W^* * 
of the Lutheringe P ^d under ^ aeenl ol pr „perty 

° y the partio^^ £ teo to serve develop-ent of „ £ 

T^atees. I« ."greeting the pl« : ' ' the interests en^P th0 

furthering and perl superintend offlJS "imitation of 

a anl c-p P-/- S Boa^and *&%^T%%f%g***g"« 
dir „ction of the •> of rice ™ until the gr Board, 

area. Expense alio" tor „ance ol necessary e *P° , a i be al- 

saw? ::t- .- «sWS«S« . 

„embers -her « » Holy Spirit, W churoh . 
the guidance ol " program of our 
un^e service in the P '^^7^7 /-— 

Installation of Executive Director 

The first evidence that Lutherans were now in the field is 
shown by this sign, facing U.S. Highway 25 S. 





REV. WADE F. HOOK, Pastor 
JULY 31, 1949 — 3:00 P. M. 


HYMN 164— "Come. Thou Almighty KinE" 





President of Georgia-Alahama SynoH 

HYMN 379— "Onward, Christian Soldiers" 


ADDRESS— "Boy Scouting" Rev. F. Leslie Conra<i, Jr.. 

Pastor of Holy Comforter Lutheran Church at Belmont 





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Program Will Be Launched In 
Near Future. 


Assembly prounds. Covering 

1 72 Acres, Situated Between 

Asheville. Hendersonville. 

ASHEVILLE. — Definite 
action towards development 
of "Lutheridge," proposed 
assembly grounds in western 
North Carolina for the Lu- 
theran church synods of 
North Carolina. South Caro- 
lina and Georgia-Alabama, 
is expected to be taken at a 
meeting of the Lutheridge 
board of trustees to be held 
within the next few weeks. 
Selection of the sile for the huge 
assembly grounds Was made and 
approved by the North Carolina 
synod in 1917 Consisting °t 172 
icres of wooded, rolling land with 
he highest elevation reaching 3.50(1 
•eet. It Is situated between Ashe- 
.-llle and Hendersonville. fronting 

e trustees are expected 

lo be erected In order 
•nping and conference 


Program Will Be Launched In 
Near Future. 


Assembly Qrounds, Covering 

172 Acres. Situated Between 

Asheville, Hendersonville. 

ASHEVILLE. — Definite 
action towards development 
of "Lutheridge," proposed 
assembly grounds in western 
North Carolina for the Lu- 
theran church synods of 
North Carolina, South Caro- 
lina and Georgia-Alabama, 
is expected to be taken at a 
meeting of the Lutheridge 
board of trustees to be held 
within the next few weeks. 

Selection of the site for the huge 
assembly grounds was made and 
approved by the North Carolina 
synod in 1947. Consisting of 172 
acres of wooded, rolling land with 
the highest elevation reaching 2.500 
feet, it is situated between Ashe- 
ville and Hendersonville. fronting 
the U. S. highway 

At its approaching meeting in 
Asheville, the trustees are expected 
to decide on the number and type 
of buildings to be erected in order 
that the camping and conference 
program may be launched within 
the near future. Decisions on the 
location of the Chapel, the dining 
room and kitchen, classrooms and 
Fellowship building, as well as 
cabins. cottages arid doimiiories, 
also will be made at this session 

Among buildings and areas con- 
templated for the assembly grounds 
are: general assembly building 
worship and inspiration center, 
week-end cabins, area for privately- 
owned summer cottages, develop- 
ment of lake for lakeside services, 
area for sports and other recrea- 

In describing the purpose of the 
assembly grounds one spokesman 
pointed out: 

Lutheridge is the answer to a 
long felt need for more adequate 
provisions for summer conferences 
for the various age groups of the 

Lutheridge is the realization of 
long years of hoping and praying 
on the part of a host of southern 
Lutherans that an assembly grounds 
program might be established some- 
where in the beautiful and inspir- 
ing mountain country of our south- 

Lutheridge. when developed with 
a program of activity planned for 
the summer season, will provide 
the means for an extended leader- 
ship training ministry for the great 
and growing numbers of church 
workers in the Southern Lutheran 

At a meeting of the North Caro- 
lina Lutheran Synod in 1945. ac- 
tion was taken to have a commit- 
tee on Assembly Grounds appointed 
to meet with representatives of the 
Virginia, North Carolina, South 
Carolina, and Georgia - Alabama 
synods for the consideration of lo- 
cating and developing a summer 
assembly grounds. The committee 
of the North Carolina synod con- 
sisted of Rev. Ray Fisher, Winston- 
Salem; Clarence L. Whisnant, Hick- 
ory; Rev. E. F. Troutman, Boone; 
Rev. D. F. Swicegood, Kannapolis, 
and Herman Payne, Lenoir. Nu- 
merous meetings were held. Vari- 
ous pieces of property were in- 
spected and considered. The site 
pictured with this story was final- 
ly decided upon as the location for 
a long-hoped for Lutheran assem- 
bly grounds, and was purchased by 
the Executive committee of North 
Carolina and given approval by the 
synod at its 1947 convention. 

Action favorable to this d P vpi«n 

Synod, and now th? three /v,,^ 
are joint owners of the property 5 
and annually will elect thereemiS 

KVi P T° nS to *"ve e °nX d 
char,, n tru j tees - Lutheridge s 
Srolml " nd " ' he laws °f North 
lion 3 n ° n -Pr°m corpora. 

h JJ?\ UTSt . meet ">g °f the board was 
, n . e,d August 25, J947 at which time 
the following! officers were e?ec ed 
Clarence L. Whisnant, Hickory 
chairman: Rev. c. A. L,nr T Ph D 

Bodi. ^ TV' 1 "" 1 * 3 '™™; B T 
■ooaie, Columhia c r> . " 

Oscar P,,ts. mb Ashevil£' t ™< 

Salisbury" Hev. 1 VS^ta' Dn' 

Columbia, s. C, K Re v Obert Kemn* 
son. Columbia, s c N p n 

r.c ka , n Colu m b i a,andHerm N an E Boo D z rr: 


Stfnr t i n th 5Ur S ey »d stud es C «: 
proje g c ,Ve% deVel0pment of the 
a P nd ]e desSrng Ser S ec ° t V^scape 

as engineers hav. k ' as weJ1 
Hea,,,ng?h^^ b p e rogrrm C ru,d 


The leading north Carolina newspapers were very generous in the space which was given to an- 
nouncing the purchase and plans for the development of a Lutheran Summer Assembly in Western 
tiorth Carolina. 

The coverage by The Charlotte Observer is typical of the rest of the media, and for all of this we 
are most grateful. 


A distinguished christian educator, late President of Harvard University, 
said the "Church camping is the breatest contribution In the field of christian 
education since the founding of the Church School." This is quite a significant 
statement, and many denominational groups In our midst have been doing a great 
deal about this program during the past half century. 

In 1946, three of our southern Lutheran synods definitely entered the field 
of church camping and summer assemblies when they purchased a 172 acre tract of 
land In the heart of the summer assembly district In Western North Carolina. The 
report submitted herewith Is the first annual report since the calling of a full 
time executive director In the person of Rev. J. Lewis Thornburg^ The annual 
meeting of the Board was held ac St. Mark's, Ashevllle, Kay 18th, with all members 
present except two. The newly called director was presented and gave a detailed 
report of his visits to several Lutheran camps and^flssemoTles In Western North 
Carolina. The Charter and By-lawB of the Corporation, which had been approved 
by the respective synods In their previous conventions, was reported filed with 
N.C. Secretary of State: and the following officers were elected for Lutherldge, 
Inc., President, Clarence L. Whisnant; Vice-President, the Rev. C.A. Linn, Ph.D.; 
Secretary, B.T. Bodle; Treasurer, Oscar Pitts. Action was taken by the Corporation 
to have the title to the property transferred from the North Carolina Lutheran 
Synod to it through payment of $35,214.09 which represented the amount Involved In 
the original purchase. 

Roads and drives have been Improved and new roads built thru the area set 
apart for residential use by Lutheran people. Approximately seventy lots have been 
surveyed and plotted and are now available for purchase at prices ranging from 
$450.00 to S750.00 each. No one will be allowed to purchase more than two lots. 
The Executive Director was installed at a service held in Crace Lutheran Church, 
Hendersonvllle, July 31st., with the Rev. V.R. Cromer, D.D., President of Lenoir 
Rhyne, and a former member of the Board, In charge of the service. The Board ap- 
proved the following policy with reference to developing the Assembly Grounds: 

The basic number to be accommodated per week during an eight or 
ten week period shall be 225. Ten cabins, six cottages and three dor- 
mitories shall be erected to house this number. Other buildings consid- 
ered necessary for carrying on the program shall be an Assembly, a dining 
ball-kitchen, a recreational building, a mission building and a chapel, 
the assembly building will be the Efrld Memorial Building for which the 
sum of approximately $35,000.00 was given by the late Mr. and Mrs. J.S. 
Efrld, Albemarle. 

A called meeting of the Board was held at Grace, Hendersonvllle, September 6th., 
with only one member absent. The Executive Director gave a full report of promotional 
activities since the May meeting. The presidents of the three participating synods 
were asked to give the plan which had been previously approved for assigning finan- 
cial quotas for the original purchase price, and for the additional supplement for 
promotion and development. The following basis was reported: 


1945 Confr. 

N.C. 36.954 
S.C. 26,776 
Ga/Ala 5,110 

Original per 





New Quota 
242 of Orig. 

$26,840.50 $6,441.72 
$19,448.00 $4,667.52 
$ 3,711.50 $ 890.76 

$50,000.00 $12,000.00 



$ 4,602.26 


The Board authorized an Appeal for $100,000.00 in keeping with the provision 
of the first section of Article III, Section 2 of the By-laws, with which to finance 
the development and construction program. Contract for laying of sewer lines has 
been let and work begun. Bids for laying of water lines are to be called for at 
an early date. 

Encouraging response has been received from individuals and groups thus far, 
but More Money is needed NOW if a program is to be launched this summer. 

We have been encouraged with the interest manifested by the three synodical 
Luther Leagues in their plans for financing the recreational building. Likewise, 
the three synodical Missionary groups are giving favorable consideration to the 
erection of the mission building. A number of individuals and congregational 
groups have expressed interest in providing funds with which other buildings might 
be erected. A cottage is being given by Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Mauney, Kings Mountain, 
as a Memorial to the Rev. and Mrs. E.A. Shenk. 

Pastors and congregational leaders desiring to have the cause of our Lutheran 
Assembly Grounds presented to their members are asked to contact the Rev. J. Lewis 
Thornburg, 931 15th Avenue, Hickory, N.C, Telephone 6772. It is desirable that 
contributions be sent through the local and synodical treasuries. A generous 
offering for the building program at Lutherldge during 1950 from each congregation 
represented in the ownership of the property would give us assurance of an early 
use of the grounds. Lutherldge is of the Church, by the Church and for the Church; 
and the Board of Trustees covets the confidence and support of the Church for her 
youngest institution. We ask that a representative of the Board be given the pri- 
vilege of supplementing this report when it is presented. 

Clarence L. Whisnant , Chairman 

Rev. J. Lewis Thornburg, Executive Director 


Gratefully acknowledging the manifold blessings of our gracious Heavenly Father, 
and giving Him all the praise and glory for the progress made during 1950, we 
submit herewith this annual report to the owning Synods. 

The year has been one marked by considerable activity. The annual meeting 
of the Board was held in Asheville, May 16th, with called meetings held in 
Charlotte, April 11th; at Lutherldge, June 5th and November 7th. All meetings 
were well attended. All officers were re-elected at the annual meeting; and 
Clarence W. Whisnant, Dr. C.A. Linn, Of-car Pitts, and B.T. Bodie were elected to 
serve as the Executive Committee. 

During the year the work which had been contracted for waste disposal and 
water systems was completed by Reed and Abee, low bidders. Roads and drives were 
further improved and graveled. Power and telephone lines have been extended to 
the buildings. Pump house built, and a centrifugal pump installed to boost the 
water pressure over the ridge. Successful sale of lots in residential area, with 
the Board authorizing the opening of additional area for lots. In co-operation 
with the Forestry Department, considerable work has been done in our forest, re- 
sulting in the sale of pulpwood and the improvement of timber stands. 

At the June meeting, the Board awarded contracts to the Merchant Construction 
Company, Asheville, for erection of Efrid Hall and the dining hall-kitchen; and to 
Lindsay & Echard, Hickory, for erection of cottages. 

July 2nd, was a Red Letter Day at Lutheridge. The first ground breaking 
service was held and the announcement was made that Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Whisnant, 
Hickory, were giving the Chapel. More that four hundred persons attended tne 
auspicious service, in which the following persons participated: The Rev. J.L. 
Morgan, D.D., the Rev. Karl W. Kinard, D.D., the Rev. Marcus Otterbein, the Rev. 
J. Lewis Thornburg; members of the Board of Trustees; Presidents of the three 
owning Synods; and representatives of all auxiliaries of these Synods. Members 
of St. Mark's, Asheville, and Grace, Hendersonville, rendered invaluable service 
in connection with these ceremonies. 

The contractors began work immediately, and at this time (January 5th) work 
is being completed on Efrid Hall, the dining hall-kitchen, and six cottages. These 
buildings are expected to be In use during the summer of 1951. 

week work camp for older Lutheran Boy Scouts was financed by the 
.strict Brotherhood of the North Carolina Synod during July. Alp 

Synod during July. Alpha 
which will be a permanent part of 

Northern Di 

Village was the name given to this camp site 
the camping program at Lutheridge. 

The Board approved the personnel of the Program Planning Council, which 
has been named by the respective synodical Parish Education Committees as follows: 
The Rev. H.D. Kleckley, Macon; Mrs. Albert Frey, Augusta; Mr. E.P. Eyler, Savannah; 
The Rev. Vernon Frazier, Lexington; Mrs. Murray Counts, Little Mountain; Mr. D.W. 
Webber, Columbia; the Rev. J.D. Mauney, Jr., Fayetteville; Mrs. Aubrey Mauney, 
Kings Mountain; and Mr. Glenn E. Ketner, Salisbury and the Rev. Marcus Otterbein, 
Philadelphia for the Parish and Church School Board. 

The Planning Council elected the Rev. Vernon Frazier, chairman; and Mrs. 
Aubrey Mauney, Secretary. Plans were approved for the Initial summer program 
at Lutheridge, beginning June 17th, 1951, and consisting of camps for Juniors, 
Intermediates, and Seniors. The following schedule was approved: 

Seniors: June 17-23 
Intermediates: June 24-30 
Juniors: July 1-7 

Juniors: July 8-14 
Intermediates: July 15-21 
Seniors: July 22-28 

It is understood that additional weeks will be added to the season if the 
registrations justify such procedure. The weekly programs will begin Sunday 
afternoon and close following dinner on Saturday. This will allow for a short 
week-end for older young people and adults to visit Lutheridge during the summer. 
Reservations will have to be made with the Executive Director foi such accommoda- 
tions. Provision will be made for recreation and fellowship for these, as well as 
Sunday Services. 

Lutheridge needs the active financial support of all those who are members 
of the supporting Synods. The Board of Trustees realized this when at one of 
their meetings each Synodical President was asked, "to urge their membership 
to send in contributions to Lutherldge for the construction of the necessary 
buildings. Additional rooming facilities are urgently needed. The Board anxiously 
and prayerfully awaits the reports from the Sunday Schools which were asked to 
supply funds for the erection of a dormitory or guest house. Pastors and Sunday 
School Superintendents, we ask for your full co-operation in this endeavor. 

A statement of the treasurer, Mr. Oscar Pitts, is submitted as a part of 
this report. We respectfully ask that a representative of the Board be given 
the privilege of speaking briefly when this report is presented. 

Clarence L. Whisnant, Chairman 

Rev. J, Lewis Thornburg, Executive Director 


The First Campers 


Alpha Village 

The following letter was received from the Rev. George Schott: 

Alpha Village, first group to camp at Lutheridge under direction of Rev. George Schott and Rev. 
David Johnson and Pastor Thornburg. 

601 Carolina Ave. 
Spencer, N. C, 
October 31 ,149 

The Rev. J. Lewis Thornburg 
10th. Street 
Hickory, N. C. 

Dear Lewi at 

The Northern Distict Brotherhood voted yesterday, at lta 
District meeting, to set aside $15.00 per hoy for 24 boys who 
are registered Scouts of 14 years of age or over, to spend one 
week at Lutheridge in a work camp this next summer. The money Is 
for their food, lod a ing, etc. No boy is to receive any pay for 
his work, and the 24 boys are to be sent from the Northern District, 

I would like to get together with you and work out the details 
as soon as poaaible so that this activity can come early in the 
aummer *a program. If you would like to have setoeral leaders in 
camp with the boya, I am certain that we can supply the men for 
the Job. This can be a wonderful experience for the boys and a 
great help to the developement of the property. 

The Northern District hopes that the same aort of plan can be 
worked out In the other District Brotherhoods. It might be good to 
have this well in hand for the State Brotherhood on November 15. 

(Jew//- CiijiJisc^ 


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The platform tents had been purchased and set up for sleeping. 
These were set up on a site just west of the caretaker's residence. 



July 2, 1950 
A Historical 

On a bright, warm Sunday afternoon some 400 Lutherans from over the southeast gathered at the 
top of the hill for what proved to be an exciting and significant event. A Lutheran Assembly Grounds 
was now a reality. The Board of Trustees had awarded contracts for the construction of eight 
buildings. This was indeed an adventure in faith. The contracts totaled $100,000.00 and the only 
funds on hand at that time was the gift of the John Efird family, Albermarle, n.C. 

Invitations had gone out to congregations and individuals. Paul Bodie, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. 
T. Bodie, Secretary, welcomes people to whom the registrar, and Chairman Whisnant leads the 
signers. The individual signatures are attached herewith. 


Mrs. E. R. Lineberger, representing the Womens Missionary 
Societies of the owning synods. Others who participated in the 
shovel ceremony are listed in the printed bulletin. 

Marcus Otterbein, representing the Parish and Church School 
Board, with Thornburg, Kinard, and J. L. Morgan. 

Executive Thornburg 


Dr. J. L. Morgan, president of the Lutheran Synod of north 
Carolina delivering the key note address. 

I he Poard f J ms tees of 


cordially invites you 
to attend 

I he Ground Breaking Service 
Junday, July 2nd, 1950 

at 3:30 in the afternoon 

Lutheran Assembly Grounds 


Arden, North Carolina 

Clarence L. Whlsnant registers for ground breaking ceremonies 
Why an umbrella? 

A light summer shower, followed by a beautiful rainbow within' 
the ribboned area. 

Architect Carroll Abee 

Chairman Whlsnant talking with 
Treasurer Oscar Pitts. 

Chairman Whisnant conversing 
with Secretary Bodie. 



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SPECIAL MUSIC: Rendered by the Choir of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Asheville. 
THE SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Psalm 24 and Uke 2 41-52 

The Rev Karl W. Kinard, DO, LL.D . President of the South Carolina Synod. 

REMARKS: The Rev. J L Morgan. D.D. , LL D , President Emeritus of the North Carolina 
Lutheran Synod 

Rev Marcus F Otterbem, Secretary. Camps and Summer Schools of the Parish 
and Church School Board 


Lord, ha 

cy upo! 

Congregation: Lord, have mercy upon us. 

Christ, have mercy upon us. 
Christ, have mercy upon us. 
Lord, have mercy upon us. 
lord, have mercy upon us. 

THE LORD'S PRAYER -■ (All praying) 
Pastor: The Lord be with you 
Congregation: And wttft thy spirit. 
Pastor: Let us pray 


President of Lutheridge Board of Trustees: Mr- Clarence L- Whisnant 
Executive Director of Lutheridge; The Rev. J. Lewis Thomburg 
Representative of the North Carolina Synod: The Rev J Arthur Linn 
President of the South Carolina Synod: The Rev. Karl W. Kinai 
Representative of the Georgia-Alabama Synod: Mr Hen 
President Emeritus of North Carolina Synod: The Rev- 
Representative of the J S Efrid Family 
Representative of Donors of Cottages 
Represntatives of the Auxilliane 

South Carolina. ' 
The Brotherhood 
The Luther League 
The Children of the Church 

Represantative of the Pariah and Church School Board: Rev 
Members of the Board of Trustees of Lutheridge: Clarence L Whianant, The Rev C A 
Linn D D B. T Bodie, Oacsr Pitts. The Rev F. L. Conrad. D-D., The Rev. S. W. 
Hahn. D D . The Rev R R Fisher. The Rev Karl W Kinard, D-D . The Rev J 
Kempeon. N E Derrick. Herman Booter. Hon J C Signon. Attorney 

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Congregation: Thanks be to God. 

Pastor: The Blessing of Almighty God, the Father 

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This year will mark the first opportunity for Luth- 
eran young people of the owning Synods of North 
Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia- Alabama to 
use the facilities of their own Summer Assembly 

We are looking forward to a capacity attendance 
and suggest that everyone get their registrations in 
early. First come will be first served. We will try to 
provide for everyone, however it might be necessary 
Ifor us to add more camp weeks This will be done if 
registrations justify it. 


Senior Boys and Girls (Hi School) — June 17-23 

Ages 15. 16, 17 
Intermediate Boys and Girls — June 24-30 

Ages 12, 13, 14 
Junior Boys and Girls— July 1-7 

Ages 9, 10. 11 

Junior Boys and Girls — July 8-14 
Intermediate Boys and Girls--— July 15-21 
Senior Boys and Girls— July 22-28 

Cost — $17.00 per week 
55.03 must accompany registration. 


The program at Lutheridge is designed to minister 
to the whole of life. 

RELIGIOUS—, Studies in the Bible conducted by 

competent leaders. Private devotions and group wor- 
ship is a part of each day's activities. 

MENTAL — . Enrichment courses, cralts and other 
activities provide opportunity lor students to express 
themselves. Leadership training courses are a part of 
the schedule lor older campers 

SOCIAL — , Supervised games, hikes, swimming, 
assemblies, camp fires, and night's doings make pos- 
sible a wholesome environment for developing so- 
cial graces. 

PHYSICAL — , Properly supervised activities are 
provided thai require varying degrees of skill and 

The program is designed to discover and develop 
leadership for the local Church. Parents can be fully 
assured that campers will at all times have adequate 


Junior Camps, Miss Barbara Yount, Cherryville, N. C 

Intermediate Camps, The Rev. Vernon Frazier, Lex- 
ington, S. C. 

Senior Camps. The Rev John L. Yost, Jr. Savannah, 


Lutheridge is located on U. S. Highway 25. midway 
belween Asheville and Hendersonville and can be 
reached by Auto, Bus. Train and Plane The Station 
and the Post Office is ARDEN, N C 


Campers should plan to arrive alter 2 P. M., on the 
day camp begins. Each camp week begins with sup- 
per on the opening day and ends with dinner on the 
closing day. 


All campers should bring drinking cup (or cottage 
use They should also bring at least two heavy blan- 
kets, sheets, pillow, pillow case, hiking shoes, flash- 
light, towels, soap, comb, toothbrush, paste, swim 
suit, warm sweater or jacket, raincoat, outdoor cloth- 
ing, notebook, Bible, pen and pencil, and musical 


A store is operated by the Camp at which each 
camper is permitted to spend a NOMINAL amount 
each day for ice cream, candy, etc. They will be able 
to obtain camp pictures, emblems, craft materials, 
textbooks and other incidentals here. 


Lutheridge will provide plenty ol good wholesome 
food for each camper We suggest that parents do 
not send boxes of food or sweets to campers. 

Camp water, kitchen and sanitary system are under 
the constant control ol the State Department of Health 
and meet all requirements Accident and liability 
insurance is carried for each camper. 

There is a telephone at Lutheridge. and we are ac- 
cessible to both physicians and hospitals when the 
need might require their services. It is advisable 
and would be beneficial to the camper i( the (amily 
physician gave a physical examination not more 
than two weeks prior to coming to camp. 


Camp Lutheridge is sponsored by the Program 
Planning Council, consisting ol three ministers, three 
laywomen and three laymen from each of the owning 
Synods, a representative of the Parish and Church 
School Board, and the Executive Director. The Pro- 
gram Planning Council has the endorsement of the 
Board ol Trustees. 

All registrations and inquiries about the Camp 
should be mailed to the Rev J Lewis Thornburg, Ex- 
ecutive Director, Hickory, N. C , until June first; and 
after that, to Arden. N. C, which is the Camp Ad- 

July 4th - 3:00 P.M. 





S*« lour Pastor or Sunday School Superintendent for Information 


Junior Boys & Girls July 8-14 

Intermediate Boys & Girls . . July 15-21 
Senior Boys & Girls July 22-28 

Senior Boys & Girls June 17-23 

Intermediate Boys & Girls . June 24-30 

Junior Boys & Girls July 1-7 

Additional weeks will be added if registrations justify. 

* * + 

Dedication of Lutheridge - - July 4th - 3 p.m. 

* * + 

MAY 15th to JOE 15th SEPTEMHER 1st to OCTORER 15th 

For Reseruotions Write The Rei>. J. Lewis Thornburg. Hickory, N. C. 

Accomodations for a limited number of young people and adults from Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. 
Must write for RESERVATIONS. Sunday Services with Guest Ministers preaching. 





Registration - - - $ 

Remainder ... $ 

Cottage - - - - $ 

Date of Births 

_Grade in School- 

Period in Camp_ 

Have you attended camp before?- 

_Name of Churchy 


Your registration fee of $_ 

has been received, and reserva- 

tions have been made for you . a t which time 

you will be expected to pay the balance of the weekly rate of $18.00. The 
fee of $5.00 is not returnable UNLESS your cancellation is in the office at least 
two (2) weeks prior to the time you are to come to Lutheridge. Your place 
may be taken by another of the same sex. 

Registration will begin each Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, and the first 
meal will be Sunday night supper. Those who find it necessary to come 
earlier MUST notify the office in advance and will pay the regular daily rate 
as published in folder. 

Trains will be met Sunday afternoon at Biltmore and Fletcher, and buses 
will be met at the Main Entrance Gate, when we are notified in advance to do 

This card MUST BE presented at the Registration desk. 



Telephones - Residence: MUtual 4-6447 - Office: MUtuaU-4591 (June first) 

rhe First Residential Area 

•he First 
ire a 

The Board of Trustees authorized engineers, Carter and Bearden, to survey the area west of Laurel 
Drive, and lay out lots, ranging in price from $350.00 to $750.00. The first lot sold was purchas- 
ed by Mr. J. R. Taylor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville, S.C., and the first cottage to be erect- 
ed in this residential area was built by Dr. L. R. Zimmerman, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, High 
Point, N.C. 

Executive Director Thomburg was the selling agent, and people came from all areas of the own- 
ing synods, to look, and some to purchase. All lots in the area were sold within a very short time. 
The receipts from these sales proved to be sufficient to cover the cost of installing water and sewer 
lines for most of the acreage which had been purchased and to be used for summer programs. 

id Lnlheridge. 

Baler, sewerage and power a 

For further information and apo 
Lewi. Thornborn, Executive I 
Hickory, N.C.. Telephone 6772. 

laile at the lot. 

intmenta, contact the Rev. J. 
rector, *)31 lSlh., Avenne, 



SCALE : I" ■ 100' 
JULY 1949 


Prospective buyers. 


The First 

Things were very plain and simple. The Program Planning Council later to be called, the Prograrr 
Committee of the Board of Trustees, had planned for a six weeks' program: Two for Seniors; twc 
for Intermediates; two for juniors, with the possibility of a seventh week for junior-intermediates 

Mrs E J Sox Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory had been employed as dietician; Mrs. Thornburjl 
was to serve as registrar and dining hall hostess and Jane Sox and Martha Thomburg would serv,| 
as the summer staff. 

The first formal conference was held at Lutherldge on May 2, 1951 under the auspices of the Parish and Church School Boar, 
United Lutheran Church, the Rev. S. White Rhyne, Executive Secretary. 

The delegates shown In the photo came from synods of the southeast and were members of parish education committees. Tf 
ference lasted for three days. 



Prst Summer Staff 

Kitchen Staff 

Susie Hammond 
Marie riesby 
Ovenia Alexander 

Mrs. E. J. Sox, Dietician 

Martha Thomburg (left), Jane Sox (right). 

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Mrs. J. Lewis Thornburg 


The First Season 


The first eight buildings to be constructed, and furnished were now ready to receive those who 
had registered for the leadership training programs. A typical schedule for intermediates is shown, 
with leaders and topics of courses offered. 




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Paster John L. Yost, Jr., (left) and Pastor Douglas Fritz (right) leading the 
campers to the Altar of Dedication, each carrying a stone to be placed on the 

A group of campers who were enrolled In another week, serving In the dining 

Martha and Jane serving at the snack bar In 
Efird Hall. 

Campers on their way to classes in Efird Hall. 


Enjoying a delicious meal in the dining hall 

Christmas Pageant given by Senior Campers 

Lutheridge's first station wagon 




: June 

24-30, and July 15-21 

Co rani Rev. 

Vernon F. Frailer, Associate Director 


Russell Borrs, Alternate Associate Director 


Elizabeth Shealy 

lty: With 

four cabins available, plans are for approximately 60 campers and 

15 3 

aff members. 


rs divided into 4 groups uith counsellor for each. 


consisting of 6 Faculty members. 4 Counsellors. 


ty members teaching as follows: 2 Bible study, 2 camp course. 


course: "W 

at Jesus Means to Me." By Ernestine Samffions Jones. 


schedule ai 


6:45 AM. Arise 
7: 10 Morning Watch 
7:25 Breakfast bell 
7:30-8 Breakfast 
8-8:30 Clean up cabins 
8:45-9:30 First class 
9:35-10:20 Second class 
10:25-11 Assembly 
11-11:30 Free time 
11:30-12:15 Third class 
12:30 Lunch 


1: 15 Rest period 

2-3 Interest groups (Nature. Handcraft. Choir, etc.) 

3-5 Afternoon recreation (planned) 

5-5:45 Clean up and cabin meetings 

5:45 Supper 

6:30-7:30 Vespers 

8-9:30 Night's fun 

10 Lights out 


nnel: Bible 

Teachers: Sister Catharine Stirewalt. Rev. John D. Maunev 


Course Teacher; Carl Lltacker. Jane Suggs 


lonal Studv; Bette Shealv, Rev. Hugh Baumgartner 


ellors: Edna Hooker {drama, art). Mrs. Wm. Hall (nature), 

Rev. David Conrad (music). Rev. Vance Daniel (recreation). 

To fill In vancancies. etc.: Eleanor Sheets, Rev. Russell Boggs, 

Rev. Vernon F. Frailer 


r 1951 Junior, Intermediate & a 

anlor camps 

June 17 to August 4th., 

Viayne Bird 

Robert Harrison 

Billy Walla 

Marl* Burr la 

V.anda Hearne 

Dorothy shealy 

Jo Ann* Lip* 

Virginia Cumboe 

Prank Gibbs 

Mtxlnr- Lybrand 

Phyllis Soger 

Linda Bass 

Jackie Augustine 

Sharon Spigner 

Billy Hill 

Hront Kirkland 

V art ha Cr*aa 

Harold Steal* 

Alyce Fulmar 

Lu Joan Sammonn 

Elizabeth Henry 

mil; Slaughter 

Marlyn Hill 

K«nn*th Kilpatriok 

Thames ? ut*ra 

Delmar M*tte 

Bobby Trailkill 

Patricia Motto 

Gall Coffey 

Jane Sherrill 

Gwendolyn Doscher 

Lynn Bakor 

Mary Ann Love 

Sblrl*y ".lndall 

Non an Zimmerman 

Jamas Gantt 

Jimmy S nk 

Frenela Montslnger 

Meta Douglas 

Patrl eia Sharp* 

Robert Hoy 

Jiimy Cobb 

Billy Tamplaton 

Trlns HcRaa 

Jo Ann Karrlker 

Patricia Ann Hart 

Carroll Robinson 

Elga. Loftln 

Anna Nicholson 

Jac qua Una Atkins 

Jaan Rhyn* 

Janlca Suther 

Dottle ft*own 

Amy Swink 

Joan Trexler 

Halen Lyerly 

Linda Sunxnay 

Emily Hovls 

Margaret Roof 

Nita nolff 

•ary Roof 

Bonnylyn H*nry 

Rana Afflbroslrte 

Nancy Ann Henry 

Garry Kistler 

Barbara Cheek 

Linda Eflrd 

Myra Eflrd 

Botty Counts 

Dorothy George 

Kethryn Cooper 

Shelby Klbler 

Carolyn Pool* 

Vifelet Eptings 

Helen Crapps 

T.llma Roberts 

Delano R) card 

fiotay Brandt 

Carolina Brandt 

Angela Ambroalne 

Janls Helmken 

Sandra Barre 

Geynell Swlcogood 

Dean Murdock 

Kal Murdock 

Sarah Murdoch 

Judl th Raney 

Vargerot farom 

Darvin Bruc* 

Carroll Yount 

Irla Gulp 

Jaan Clina 

Linda Clino 

.".ally King 

Patsy Dunbar 

Botty Cousins 

Patricia Shealy 

Ann Yodrr 

Polly Boggs 

Patty Rudlslll 

Glenn Plonk 

Gail Brawn 

Mary Ronflold 

Jlrmy Taylor 

Ronald Kondrix 

Sandra Blcklay 

Loretta Funderburka 

Elizabeth Pattereoo 

t ancy Millar 

Jane tailor 

D*anne Miller 

John Walls 

arol* Jackson 

Wanton Finger 

Tad Mullen 

Maria Kellott 

Patricia Lantz 

Anne Veredlth 

Donna Heaver 

Dala Ann Conrad 

Jam' s Lee htiyna 

Fredrick Brandt 

Linda He way 

Janny Jonas 

Ive Kay King 

John Caughman 

Doris Carawell 

Maria Bowman 

Bebby Kapley 

.Tarry Sloop 

Harlean Cromer 

Walter Lao Drury 

Larry ^ensll 

Phil Yount 

Botty Lou Fast 

Ann Houck 

Carole Steinmetz 

Jackie Baumgartner 

Dorothy Millar 

For week-ends 

meals , 

Including campers and leaders 

the statistics for 

the FIRST SUMMER war* 

as follows: 


North Carolina 


South Carolina 


Ga. Alabama 




1951 Junior, Intermediate ,& 3 
June 17 to August 4th. , 

nlor Camps. 

Elenor 31 f ford 

Linda Fisher 

Frances Petrea 

Elaine Yoder 

Charles Ja'rratt 

Charles Rudislll 

Rachel Russell 

Judy Kn*pp*r 

Patsy Faust 

Morel* Bell 

Marie Baatty 

Patricia Moose 

Virginia Salts 

Bail Breilenberg 

Carl Ficken.Jr., 

Peggy Duncan 

Joan Hurst 

Tom Varner, Jr. , 

Bias Coite 

Joe .Booker, Jr., 

Bronta Koch 

taOwHooa Trudy Koch 

Blllie Ray 

Julian Stoudeolre 

Bobby Brown 

Carolyn Todd 

Paul Brandt 

James Cannon 

Ray Rauch 

Barbara Houck 

Thelma Shull 

Mary C.Frye 

Helen Porter 

lyvonna Slyce 

Jo Ann Enlew 

Doris Ekard 

Betty Clodfelarr 

Joyce Dayvault 

Doria Taylor 

Jaan Mills 

Patricia Harrington 

Chlrley Carroll 

Claud* Deal, Jr., 

Ann Young 

LI oby Freeman 

Elizabeth Ingram 

Sue Lipe 

Donna Shulenborger 

John Lipe 

Barbara Deal 

Sarah Weaver 

Frankle wolf 

Helen Shulenbarger 

Billy Nance 

Thad Linoberger 

William Ballon, Jr., 

Shirley Cogglna 

Carol Wlnecoff 

Ether Cline 

Miriam Castor 

Penny Thompson 

Adelald* Begenan 

Waldo Maddox 

Annette Epting 

Sandra Smith 

Larry Willige 

Audrey Rawls 

Caroline Rawls 

Martha Frick 

Anna C.Frlck 

Ann Prick 

Charles Nance 

Donald Armstrong 

Joe Bumgarner 

Norman Gerhart 

Carolyn Gorse 

Mary Sabonsky 

Shirley Keaton 

Mary Alive Tutberow 

Manda L-e Harden 

Sua Cox 

Betty Barrlnger 

Patsy Hahn 


Elizabeth Harlon 

Charles E.Ritchle.Jr 

, Carl Fisher, Jr. , 

Linda Pryor 

Jimmy Thomas 

Mickey Yount 

Harold Yost 

David Hucks.Jr., 

Dermont L.Swicegood 

Waller Everhort 

Pauliryn Boliek 

Margaret tfhittecar 

Rebecca Ann Rhyne 

Roberta Mills 

Frankle purr 

Diyle Keever 

Johny Barrlnger 

Luther deDiage 

Tod Halgler 

Essie Mae Swygert 

Linda Jo Askew 

Ruth Thittecar 

J.E.Shopherd, Jr., 

Alverta Hutton 

Sandra Beaver 

Paul Briggs 

F' ank Young Jr., 

Elanor Mlnnlck 

Van Price 

Billy Dreher 

Ronnie Llndler 

Carl Llndler 

Ozzle Corley 

Becky Baatty 

Alice Pearson 

Charle 3 Bernhardt 

Botty Su* Gotch 

Lesley Starling 

John B.Francis 

St*wart B*nfi*ld 

Mary Keys 


Donnl* Burrlss 

Billy Burrlss 

Bitay King 

Carolyn King 

Lewi* Black 

Jlmmlo Mlhelm 

Timothy Keck 

Rita Aderholdt 

Martha Bowman 

Ann Aderholdt 

Jeanette Isenhour 

Jeanette Adtrholdt 

Frank Bernhardt 

Anita Yount 

Margaret Hoover 

Nancy Morgan 

Kathryn King 

Elizabeth Galger 

Mary Jo Giabann 

Suzanne Kendrick 

Harry Kendrick 

Teary Howard 

Bo^by Flitter 

Roberta Llnzer 

David Nettles 



Brilla Ann Hobbs 

George W.Baine 

Carroll Carpenter 

John David Wllfong 

J.Lamont Wllllford 

Nancy Hartls 

Betty Sink 

Ruby Wingard 

Vlckoy Huffman 

Patricia Johnson 

Ellen Busch 

Ela ne Lawson 


t- 1951 Junior, Intermedia 

• & senior Camps . 

June 17 

to August 4th. 

Patricia Ball 

Barbara Isball 

Chorlso Glesler 

Dottle Kraft 

J.E. Jenkins 

Emily Beaver 

Margaret Helen Llppard 

Patsy Turnell 

Jane Baynham 

Eric Ficken 

Gail Dewd 

John Ad kino 

Linda Adklns 

Don Knee berg 

Mary Holtsclaw 

Joan Bennett 

Flo Bennett 

Sarah Holtsolaw 

Porter Klnard 

Karl Klnard 

Goorge Keck 

Herbert Gardner 

David Keck 

Essla Maa Wlgley 

Loretta Setback 

Robbie Darr 

Loretta Dorr 

Reba Darr 

Betsy Patterson 

Phyllia Jane 3poncor 

Sylvia Humphrey 

Joy Overcast* 

Lola Ellen Caublo 

Patricia tlllman 

Jennie Lou Gillian 

Adellah Crouch 

Patricia Farris 

Margaret Smith 

Roger Brigga 

Anne Y ounce 

Bobby Younce 

Martha Wiggins 

Patsy Eaker 

Martha Mauney 

Helgle Kunakroa 

Edwlna Rudisill 

Tommy Shumate 

Gory Summer 

Jerry Moor* 

Dawn Davia 

Anno Housar 

Patricia Davis 

Judy Ford 

Nancy Saagle 

E-F.Millor, Jr., 

Miriam Berry 

Billy Joye 

Douglas Stowe 

Dllly Ann Jonas 

Judy Davia 

Lanay Andorson 

Jerry Mack Stowe 

Susan Strsupo 

Roy Le« Johnson 

Poggy Greene 

Norman Phillips 

Tony Edwards 

Gary Edwards 

Pbylla Kendrick 

Geroldina Hunt 

Joyce Kendrick 

Norman Raid 

Martba Rhyne 

Lacrecie Bowdoin 

Sarah Burn 

Donnie Nichols 

Hugh Cook, 3rd. 

Mary France* Garrison 

Marie Dahmo 

Jacob Mauney 

Michael McKoo 

Louisa Swygart 

Betty Briggs 

Goroldlne Leazer 

Mary Rl singer 

Botty Joan Long 

Rebocco 3boaly 

Barbara prick 

Keitb Wiley 

Perry Caughman 

Edward Rouffy 

Mary Seaber 

Peggy Soase 

Betty Ballantln* 

Knox Wltherapoon 

Gene Iltherspoon 

Don Bodanbaugh 

Maries Shook 

Ann Wallac* 

Fay* Llngla 

Margie Weaver 

Julio Shir*y Smith 

Edward Puckhabar 

Henry Puckhabar 

Patricia Baatty 

Grotchon Grau 

Anna Ryder 

Mary C.Saln 

Rachel Sain 

Joyce ffilbert 

Alfred y alien 

Rachel Hftlley 

Barry Clemmer 

J*rry Pogle 

S*r*na Parks 

G*orge Dixon 

George FTyo 

William Rhyan 

Jimmy Wessinger 

Edwin Spoars 

Patricia Hall 

Harwell Hondoo 

Linda Grubbs 

Nelson Kossler 

Noll Kossler 

Joonollo Dasher 

Jobann Derrick 

Jackquelyn LaTorre 

Frances Derrick 

James Beck 

Patricia Walker 

Maxlne Vauter 

David Wright 

Dickie Finger 

Dottle Riser 

David Lobr 

Eddie Lobx 

Billy Boyd 

David McCullough 

Tod Robinson 

Patsy Caughman 

Sally Gluyao 

William Gluyaa 

Joanotte Robert 

Barron Rlsinger 

Bill Noah 

David Mauney 

Sonya Sloop 

Anna To ague 

Harry Hoavnor 

The schedule and the names of alt those who attended the first summer session. 



The Lineberger Memorial Dining Mall-Kitchen. 


Belmont, North Carolina 

April 2nd, 1951. 

Rev. J. Lewis Thornburg, 
Executive Director, 
931 15th Avenue, 
Hickory, N. C. 

Dear Mr. Thornburg: 

Since our last discussion of the matter, my brothers, 
Kenry and Joe, and I have discussed the need for a Dining 
Hall-Kitchen building at Lutheridge, and as you know from 
our recent telephone conversation, we have decided that 
v;e would like to provide this facility by making a donation 
of $25,000.00 to Lutheridge, Inc. 


The spacious veranda, looking westward 
with Cane Creek valley in the distant 

The large train bell, a gift of the Southern 
Railway. The bell was a multi-purpose 
item: the rising bell, the call to meals, 
vesper calls and other announcements. 

J^f^Jr-L^-Cj <A — 

The exterior of the building looking from Efird hall. 

The rear of the building, showing the frame construction along with three large 
windows which could be easily removed when the building would be totally 


The outer office and registration desk, where everyone comes for 
registration and other information. 

Rear view of Eflrd Mall 


Lounge in Eflrd Hall, Lutherldge. 


The Dedication 


What a July 4th 


Eight buildings and grounds, consisting of one hundred and seventy-two acres, free of indebtedness 
and to be dedicated to the Glory of God and to the leadership growth and development of children, 
young people and adults. 

The Dedicatory Bulletin along with some photos, records some interesting information. A delightful 
surprise came when Pastor Iddings of the First Lutheran Church, Albemarle, N.C., presented the 
painting of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Efird on behalf of their daughter Mrs. Estelle Efird Morrow. Their 
gift of $52,000.00 to the north Carolina Synod provided the funds for the construction of Efird Hall. 

These paintings hang in the spacious lounge of Efird Mall, along with a painting by a Norwegian 
artist, given by Mrs. C.A. Linn, Atlanta, Georgia in memory of her husband, Vice President of the 
Board of Trustees. Still another piece of historic interest, is the grand piano, which belonged to 
Dr. and Mrs. C. B. King, the former President of Elizabeth College, Charlotte, n.C., first given to 
St. Mark's Lutheran Sunday School and later to Lutheridge. 

A capacity group of juniors and their leaders were attending camp this week, and one of their 
group, Jerry Fogle of Holy Communion Lutheran Church, Dallas, n.C. was chosen as a typical junior 


1. Oh, Lutheridge, such wealth is thine, 
Thy hills declare "God is Divine." 
Thy stately trees point us the way. 
All Fiatue sings "This is God's day." 

Oh, Lord of all that we do see 
may Lutheridge guide us to Thee. 

2. Thy trails wind over hills and glade 
Lead on to goals which are man made; 
Thy other path, not made of sod, 
Shall lead us over trails to God. 

Oh, Lord of all that we do see 
May Lutheridge guide us to Thee. 

3. Oh, Lutheridge, when we depart 
May all we've seen live in our heart, 
May God's own presence set the pace, 
And cause all men to seek His face. 

Oh, Lord of all that we do see 
may Lutheridge guide us to Thee. 

The words and music of the Lutheridge hymn 
were arranged by Miss Winifred Bodie, Mrs. Staf- 
ford Swing, Miss Roslyn Bodie and a group of 
junior campers. 

The hymn was sung for the first time at the 
dedicatory service. 


Composers of Lutheridge Hymn 

""jf- «=r 

Jerry Fogle, a junior camper from Holy Commu- 
nion Lutheran Church, Dallas, N.C. was chosen 
as a typical junior camper. 

Participants in Dedication 


dicahon of 


Lutheran Summer Assembly Grounds 
arden . . . north carolina 

Wednesday, July 4, 1951 

3:00 P.M. 

An Institution jointly ouoned by tlie Evangelical Lutheran 

Synods of North Carolina, South Carolina, and 

Georgia- Alabama, for the purpose of 

Christian Leadership Training. 

The Service of Dedication 

THE REV. I. LEWIS THORNBUHG. DJ)., Executive Director. 

Hymn— "God Himself la Present."/* ^*" 
Versicles and Response: 

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost 

Our help is in the name of the Lord, 
Who made heaven and earth. 

I was glad when they said unto me: Let us go into the house of the 

Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. 
The Lord preserve our going out and coming in; 

From this time forth, even for evermore. 
Peace be unto this place. 

And all that come here. 

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord; or who shall stand in His 
holy place? 

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart, who hath not lifted up 
his soul unto vanity, nar sworn deceitfully. 

Lift up your heads. ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; 
and the King of glory shall come in. 

Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord 
mighty in battle.. 

Minister and Congregation: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the 
Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world with- 
out end. Amen. 

The Lessons: The Rev. Carl Fishex, Pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Good 
Shepherd, Mount Holly, N. C. 

iiks, ruaLui, nisi i ... . iu": a n > nun 

The Prayer; The Rev. J. W. [d dings, Pastor. Fust Lutheran Church, Albermarle. 

The Dedicatory Messages: 

The Rev. H. A. McCullough, Sr., D.D., Pastor Emeritus, St. Paul's Lutheran 

Church. Columbia, S. C. 
The Rev. C. E Fritz. D.D., President of the Georgia-Alabama Synod, Atlanta, 


The Act of Dedication: 

1. The Grounds, consisting of 172 acres of beautiful mountain land. 

Blest and dedicate be these grounds whereon will be developed facilities 
for camping and summer conferences. Here may Thy name be hallowed 
and Thy Glory praised; and here may life in its fullness be nourished 

and guided. 

. The Administrate 
Albemarle, N. C. 

Building, a gift of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Efird, 

Blest and dedicate be this building, in the name of the Father, and of 
the Son. and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. 

Look graciously, we beseech Thee. Almighty God, on this House which 
we have reared to Thy glory and for the use of Thy people; and be 
pleased to bless and accept it of our hands. Here may Thy children be 
taught Thy Way and Thy Truth; and may the social bond of fellowship 
in the Lord Jesus be built up in mutual love and service. Amen. 
Presentation of Paintings by Mrs. J. M. Morrow. 

3. The Dining Hall - Kitchen, given in memory of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Line- 
berger by their children. 

Blest and dedicate be this house, in the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Here may Thy children meet in glad 
devotion to Thee; always mindful that all good gifts come of Thee, and 
with grateful hearts thank Thee for their daily bread, as they enjoy 
good fellowship together as Thy dear children. 

4. Our Family-type Cottages: 

a. The Shenk Cottage, given by Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Mauney, to the 
glory of God and in loving memory of the late Rev. and Mrs. E. A. 


b. The Hal Aderholdt Cottage, given by Mr. Miles Aderholdt, LL.D., to 
the glory of God and in loving memory of his brother. Hal Aderholdt. 

c. The Mrs. J. E. Cansler Cottage, given by Mrs. J. E. Cansler, to the 
glory of God and as an expression of genuine interest in Christian 
leadership education. 

d. The Glenn Ketner Cottage, given by Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ketner to 
the glory of God. and as an expression of genuine interest in Christian 
leadership education. 

Blest and dedicate be these Cottages in the name of the Father, and of 
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Here may Thy children find rest 
for their physical bodies, and recreation that comes from a quiet and 
peaceful sleep, when God keeps watch over His own. 

Gifts of materials in kind for the erection of other cottages were generously 
provided by Messrs. Paul M. Barger, Carl Fox, and Luther Moss. These and 
numerous other gifts which have been contributed by interested individuals are 
hereby gratefully acknowledged. This has been a great venture in co-operative 

Hymn — "Beautiful Saviour." *j *~j ' 


Minister: Let us pray. 

The Benediction. 




Clarence L Whisnant. Chairman 




The Rev. Karl Kinard. Vice-Chairman 



B. T. Bodie, Secretary 



N. G. 
a, Ga. 

The Rev. Obert Kempson 




Herman Boozer 

Atlanta, Ga. 

The Rev. L. C. Bumagarner East Gaatonia 





The Rev. Ray Fisher Winston-Salem, 

The Rev. F. L. Conrad, D.D 




A Southern Lutheran Church Center For — , 











Has As Its Chief Purpose The Training 
Of Christian Leaders 


The lounge in Eflrd Mall, with pictures of Mr. and Mrs. John S. 
Eflrd hanging on the wall at the East End. 

Rear view of Eflrd Hall 


Terrace and Water Fountain in the rear of Efird hall given by 
L.C.W. of South Carolina and Ladies Auxiliary of St. John's, 
Statesville, h.C. 

Opening of road from Main Entrance 


The Second Season 

1952 The FIRST season had ended, and a host of people who had participated in the programs, spending 

short weekends, coming for Sunday worship and picnics— returned to their homes to share the 
good news— Tel-A-Vision— of what they had seen and heard. The Trustees had awarded contracts 
to low bidders, Howard-Hickory Construction of Hickory, N.C. to build Luther Lodge and the Recrea- 
tional ("Rec") Hall. The 1952 schedule has been prepared and distributed, and many, many more 
children, young people and adults will be coming to Lutheridge. 

In the meantime, Executive Director Thornburg was busy travelling across the owning synods 
and spreading the good news. His responsibility: to solicit funds for construction of Luther Lodge 
and encouraging early registrations. The Luther Leagues of the synods are engaged in "The Penny 
Parade," a pageant prepared by Betty Rice, to pay for construction of "Rec", their building. 

Our Sunday Schools, as well as private individuals were challenged and encouraged to send contributions to pay $40,000 
cost for the construction of Luther Lodge. Offering envelopes were printed and distributed throughout the area; printed 
checks, pledge cards as well as letters (similar to the one printed here from Mr. Clarence Whisnant), for the annual 
Thanksgiving-Christmas Appeal. (This one from 1957). 

We attended the annual convention of the Georgia-Alabama Synods at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Savannah. We re- 
mained in the city for the weekend when members arranged an appearance at the opening of one Sunday School and the 
closing of another; speaking to a congreation at their morning worship, attending a Luther League meeting, and a Vesper 
Service following this. These contacts bore fruit. One of the cards indicate the FIRST gift of OME HUNDRED DOLLARS receiv- 
ed from Mr. Rhue, Brunswick, Oa. 



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Offering envelopes and counter checks were widely distrib- 
uted in fund raising efforts. 


Remember you are not gofeg on a six weeks 
cruise, and will not need all 9f clothing you pos- 
sess! The truth is that most campers bring TOO 
MANY THINGS TO CAMP. May we help by sug- 
gesting a few things' 7 

A Bible, with good print 

Two blankets (Wool preferred) 

Two sheets (Pillow and case if desired) 

Drinking Cup 

Raincoat. Pair of old shoes 

Note book and pencil 

Shorts. Shirts. Dungarees 

Bathing Suit 

Toilet articles 

Slacks. Sweater or Warm Jacket 

Clothing usable for fashion show and stunts 

71/ Ut Ttot t» S-UHf 

Radios, comic books, candy, fruit, and foods 
any kind Parents and fnend c are asked not 
send or bring food or fruit to campers. 

Those wishing to spend week-ends at Lutheridgc 
during June. July and August, as well as those who 
may desire to spend longer time during September 
and October are asked to make reservations with 
the Executive Director, Rev. J Lewis Thornburg 




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f$52 Summer "Piaytam 

is operated as a pari of the Luthendge Assembly 
Grounds A camping program for the Youth of the 
Church is a vital part of Lulhendge 

Frtl ■■ II III. -ilk; .mil niru'i infriniiillliill — Coiltiicl 

The Rev. J Lewis Thornburg, D D., Executive Director 

126 fifth Avenue, N. E , Hickory, N C 

After June 1, Arden, North Carolina 

Hickory Telephone 2-4337 Arden Telephone 4591 

?952 P%OfXOm 

Camp Luthendge will begin its second year of 
operation June 15th. Additional sleeping quarters 
provided by our new "Dorm," and a longer camping 
season will result in many more children, young 
people and adults coming to Lutheridge for a moun- 
tain-top experience. 

The Program Planning Council has prepared a 
rich, full and varied program for those who attend 
the various camps and conferences Bible study 
will be a vital part of every day's activity Camp 
courses will be offered for Juniors, Intermediates and 
Seniors. Also courses in leadership training, mis- 
sions, stewardship and church music will be given. 

Supervised recreation will include archery, shuf- 
fle board, ping pong, soft ball, volley ball, horse shoe 
pitching, swimming and hiking 

Dramatics, nature study, crafts and other worth- 
while projects will be a part of the daily program 
Not a dull moment' 

Lutheridge is much more than a recreational 
camp. Altho play and recreation is a part of the 
daily program, the chief" purpose of Luthendge is 
"to train christian leaders for the Church, the home, 
the community, the nation and the world." and to 
aid children, young people and adults "to grow in 
the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ " 

We. therefore, expect those who come to Luther- 
idge to be willing to participate wholeheartedly in 
this glorious adventure of Christian community liv- 

All campers MUST have a health certificate filled 
out after examination by doctor not more than one 
week before entering camp 

No refunds on registration fees will be made aftc 
two weeks prior to opening of camp period. 


Church Cho^r School 
k Young Peoples Week 

Lulhe-rirlcc A-;s 

27 - Augu- 
Aucusl 3 

August ; 

CridlN r,H,t Mni-u R|,..IJ III 

he exiiccled I 


Summer Schools 
for Church Workers 



16 AUGUST I. AUGUST 16 . 22. 
AUGUST 33 - 7* I9S3 

Wis Boial.nd 
nl M< Ed*." 

2:00-5-00— Registration 
6:00— Supper 
7 li— Twilight Devotion* by Luther Leaguers 

?<S— Chapel Vespers by Dr Amos John 

9 4S— Family Devolions in Efird Hal] Lounge 

(Direction of Chaplain) 
II) 45— gUIET Everyone in their room 

7 I i— Wake Up Time' Devotions 
7 45— Breakfast 
H 45-9 25— Bible Study 

Adults and YounR People Dr Traver 
Seniors and Intermediates 

Rev J V Addy 
Children ol the Chorch Groups 

Mrs. E C. DeWeei 
i) 30-10 20— First Leadership Training Period 
First Smirk Courses 
Course 120a, Introduction to the Bible 

Rev Donald Poole 
Course 113a. Christian Stewardship 

Rev E L Misenheimer 
Second Scutes Courses 
Course 141b, Ways of Teaching. 

Rev Larry Reese 
Course 114b. Mv Christian Beliefs 

Dr A. J Traver 
Course Sp. Mb. Religious Education in the 
Rural Church Rev Paul MeCullough 
10 25-10:40— Free Time 
10 45-11 35— Conference Hours 

Women of the Church Mr&. Morris Smith 
Luther League Rev Larry Reese 

Pastors ond Laymen 

Rev Garland Hendricks 
11:40-12 30— Second Leadership Training 


12:40— Lunch. 
1 30-2:30— Rest Period 

Everyone in their rooms. 
3 00-500— Activity Period. 

(Crafts and supervised recreation) 

SPECIAL A of Lectures will be given 
by Dr Luther A Weigle on Wednesday and 
Thursday ol this week 


2:00-5:00— Registration 

6: 00— Supper 

7 15— Twilight Devotions by Luther Leaguers 

7:45— Chapel Vespers by Dr Ralph D. Helm 
45— Family Devotions in Fiird Hall Lounge 

1145— QUIET Eve 

if Chaplain) 
r'onc in their 

7 IS— Wake up Time 1 Devotions 

7 45— Breakfast 

8 45-9 25— Bible Study 

Adults ond Young People Dr Hcim 

Seniors and Intermediates Dr Specs 

Children ol the Church Groups 

Mrs D M Summers 
9.30-10:20— First Leadership Training Period. 
First Series Courses: 
Course 113a. Christian Stewardship 

James Wessmger 
Course 120a, Introduction to the Bible 

Second Series Courses 

Course 141b, Ways of Teaching 

Dr Paul Heisey 
Course 114b, My Christian Beliefs 

Dr Martin Heincckcn 
Course 115b, Christianiung Community 
Life Dr C E Krumholz 

1025-10:40— Free Time 
10:45-11:35— Conference Hours 

Women of the Church Mrs. J B. Moose 
Luther League Rev Marion Starr 

Pastors and Laymen Dr Heinecken 

11 40-12:30— Second Leadership Training 


12 40— Lunch. 
1:30-2:30— Rest Period. 

Everyone in their rooms. 
3:00-5 00— Activity Period. 

SPECIAL Guest speaker: for Chapel Ves- 
pers this week will include Dr Clara Sullivan, 
and Mr Aubrey Mauney 

2. 00-5:00— Registration 
8:00— Supper 
7: 15— Twilight Devotions by Luther Leaguers 

7:45 — Chapel Vespers by Dr Specs. 
9:45— Family Devotions In Efird Hall Lounge 

(Direction of Chaplain) 
10 45— QUIET. Everyone in their room. 

7: IS— Wake Up Time' Devotions 

7 45— Breakfast 

8 45-9:25— Bible Study 

Adults and Young People Dr Heim 

Senior and Intermediates 

Miss Karen Anderson 
Children of the Church Groups 

Sr Esther Bunge 
9; 30-10 20— First Leadership Training Period 
First Series Courses: 

Course 120a. Introduction to the Bible 

Rev, H. A. Wolf 
Course 113a. Christian Stewardship 

Dr C K Derrick 
Second Series Courses. 
Course 141b. Ways of Teaching 

Miss Anderson 
Course 114b, My Christian Beliefs 

Dr Spees 
Sp lll-2a, Boy-Girl Relationships 

Dr C P Cressman 
10:25-10:40— Free Time 
10:45-1135— Conference Hours: 
Women of the Church 

Miss Josephine Darmstaeltt-r 
Luther League Miss Mary Helen Smith 

Pastors and Laymen Dr. Cressman 

11:40-12:30— Second Leadership Training 

12:40— Lunch 
1 30-2:30— Rest Period. Everyone in their 

SPECIAL: Rev Harold Deal, Missionary to 
Japan, will be among the special guests for 
Chapel Vespers. 

ARnFN. N.C. w 


Rev C E Fritt, D.D.. vice-chai 


C Miller Siomon treasurer 


Summer Assembly Ground* of the Lutheran Synoda of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia-Alabama, and Mississippi 

the rev j lewis thorn burg d d 
executive director 

130 fifth avenue n. c. 
Hickory. N C 

Dear Friends in Christ: 

The 1957 
Thanksgiving-Christmas Appeal 

First, we would like to say a hearty and sincere "Thank You" to 
each of you who have given such wonderful assistance in the develop- 
ment of our Summer Assembly, Lutheridge. We are conscious that 
many of you have given much and often, and it makes us more than 
thankful and happy. 

We have tried to bring you the needs and progress of Lutheridge 
each year, not as a burden but as a privilege and opportunity for you to 
share in this important program of christian leadership training. The 
favorable response to this presentation has enabled our Board to do 
many things that otherwise would have to wait. Last year we received 
over $7, 000. 00, and we are hoping that the amount will reach $10, 000. 00 
this year. 

We had another wonderful season. The one regret was that late in 
February all of our space for those of junior and intermediate ages was 
filled and we had to return many applications. We are trying to do some- 
thing to change this. Our Dining hall-Kitchen is being completed, giving 
us twice the accomodations. We have four of seven small cottages prom- 
ised for a Second Pioneer Camp Unit. Two of our good friends are spear- 
heading an effort to raise the necessary money for a much needed Unit 
Lodge for this camping program. Others are giving money for the 
Childrens Activity Building. A residence for the director is being con- 
structed on the grounds. Really, there is a lot of activity going on at 
Lutheridge. We need the financial support of everyone of you to bring 
our efforts to completion. 

Will you not share your blessings with Lutheridge? Your gifts will 
help us to build and to grow. May you find it a real joy to be on the giving 
end of this far-reaching program of Kingdom building. 

With genuine thanks and God's every blessing upon you and yours, 
we remain, 

Gratefully yours, 

( ^r^ZM^. 


Board Chairman 

«-/if *i ,, /^A4»r. 

pledge ! 

lutb&udcje, 9hc. 


6XICUT.VI o,..cto. HICKORY. N. C. 

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The Trustees created a new department for finances. The Treasurer of the Corporation was to han- 
dle all capital funds; and the Executive Director was appointed Business Manager and Treasurer 
of "Lutheridge Assembly" or "Camp Lutheridge", thereby handling all finances in connection with 
the summer sessions and other program activities. 

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Lutheridge Assembly 

Aroen, North Carolina 28704 










i:osa .«'0a&5i: 

Youth leadership Training 


MISS INEZ SEAGLE, Program Director 

June 13-19 

July 4 through July 1 7 

antoi Boys and Girl* (15, 16, 17) 

Bible Study, "The Acts of the Apoillei 
C.-imp Course, "Jetus Shall Reign" 

.mior Boys and Girlt (9, 10, 11) 

Camp Course. "Netn Friends Around the World " 

June 20 Ihrough July 3 

trmediate Boys and Girls {12, 13, 14) 

3ihlr BtUdy, "The Acts ol (he v4poj|lej" 
limp Course. "Into A\l The World" 

August 8 through 21 

Combined Program for Ihoso who desire to 
spend TWO (2) weeks at Lutheridge. 

to ihese courses of study, there will be offered a full and varied program o' the arts, crafts and 
activity. A happy and enriching week of "Christian Community Living" 


Each person attending for c 
of S35.O0 

our Health Certificate 
i Bible, with good prinl 
ilankell and Bed Linens 

week pays SI 7 00. 

attending Ihe two week period will pay a total 


Drinking Clip 
Toile* Articles 
Comforiabl-! Walking Shoes 

hildren do not bring EXCESS amount of clothing for a week slay 

Raincoat, Bathing Suit, Shorts. 
Shirts, Dungarees, Slacks 
Sweater or Warm Jacket 

July 19-23 

[Joan, of American Mta'"" 

DEAN. Dr Karl S Henry 

This program 15 nrrflllRcd mid dlrct'tfl Ity » ' 

of American Missions, nltl-o pilmnril; ft« 

Mission Pnstors nnrJ their families, nllirrs who ' 
register for tins week mny do ao. A vrrv ■-.. 
program is assured 

July 25-31 
Summer School /oi ( liuii I 

DIRECTOR The Rev Donald Poole 
DEAN- The Rev J Lewis Thornburg, IJ.t 

125a, The Life and Work nl Pnul. 

Rev H. A. McCullough. Jr. tcnrlicr 
141b, Ways of Teaching. 

Miss Karon Anderson, teacher 
142b. Christian Evangelism, 

Rev David Cooper, t-.aclu-r. 
150b. Missionary Education In Ihe Local Chllrcl 

Mrs B. D Castor, teacher 
212b, The Work of the Children's Division. 
Miss Catherine Juran, teacher. 


1, Women of the Church. 

Miss Frances Dyslnger, leader 

2. Pastors and Laymen, 

Dr C P Cressman. leader 
3 Luther League. 

John Slacy, President L L of America 
Vesper Speaker, Dr Henry Bagger. 






age up to eleven. 


Lutheridge otters unexcelled opportunity for a "Va- 
cation With a Purpose '. Including Inspiration, religion* 

mountain atmosphere, with good food, and comfort- 
able sleeping accommodations at most reasonable coM 


The cost per week is $17 00 for everyone nine (ill 
years and over. Those from six lo eight will pay 110.0*1, 
and Ihose under six will pay $8-50. There are a limited 
number of rooms with private bath, and those -'sine: 
[hem will pay an additional (3 00 per week. A ron- 
tration fee of $5.00 in advance MUST accompany all 


Lttfem 5u™, faMMHM. H. 


I.lithtfideo is m the heart uf (he Summer V 
Divin.i i.l Western Wrih C.n.-hiu 0«ncd and .,i 
l.uihcur, Svnuds ol \'nrth Utnliiia. S..111I1 

ami M sippi. 1-uir.cnd.qc ..Ifcr. ,, procram nf 

Iraiiijttg fi.r all ape prnups. 


a. ( 


corgi a 


Adenhi ( . 

In ad.l n m ihe weclth nmerarn- weekend 

■'■•-titled U .. limited number. Rocnatiom must 

ide in 


MISS INEZ SEAGLE. Program Director 
LonoLi Rhyna Collaqa. Hickory, N. C. 


Box IS2G Hickory. N. C. 





Lutheridge Director J. Lewis Thornburg 
(left) accepts the keys for a new station 
wagon for the summer assembly from 
Lenoir Rhyne College Head Resident £. J. 
Sox, who assisted Dr. Thornburg In raising 
funds and arranging the trade of an older 
model. The purchase was made with 
money given by Lutheridge friends, 
primarily In Western north Carolina. 

5 «W; 

Inez Seagle 

Mrs. E. A. Moore 
"Aunt Grace" 


Cur program of prayer, effort and money — 

by which we can meet a few of the needs 

facing our neighbors. 

The Needs— $31,230 

Action Abroad 

World Student Christian Federation— $7,500 

WSCF Staff Member— $2,500 

Hanover Scholarship Fund— $2,000 

German Student Movement — $1,500 

Scholarships— $1,200 

Youth Work in the Far East— $400 

Lay Pastor in France — $500 

Seminary students in Yugoslavia — $G00 

Literature for refugees in 

Great Britain— $500 

Action at Home 

United Student Christian Council— $2,500 

Publications— $2,280 

Mission to internatiou students 

(Mrs. Kohls J— $1,000 

Ashram guests — $1,200 

California Student Service Project — $450 

Full-time student worker— $2,000 

Administration— $5,100 

"Tend the flock of God . . ." 




The Annual Conference 

Southeastern Region 

Lutheran Student Association 

of America 

Lutheridge Arden, N. C. 
April 25-27, 1952 



Registration 4:00 

Supper 6:30 

Opening Address 7:30 


The Rev. George Forell, D.D. 

Educational Secretary 

Division of Student Service 

National Lutheran Council 
Mixer 8 :30 

Lenoir Rhyne in charge 
Campfire 10:30 

Installation of Area Officers 

V. P. I. and Norman Hjelm in charge 

Rise 7 :00 

Breakfast 7:30 

Matins 8:30 

Bible Study Introduction 
The Rev. Albert H. Keck, Jr. 

Richard Hollinger 

Quiet Hour 9:00 

Bible Study 9:30 

Free Time 10 :30 

LSAA Internationale (LS Action) ...11:30 

Don Castor 

Lunch 12:30 

Area Meetings 1:30 

Recreation 2:30 

Banquet 6 :30 


Dr. Voight R. Cromer 

President of Lenoir Rhyne College 

Hickory, North Carolina 
Seminars 8:00 

1. Why, L. S. A. r— Pastor Elbert 

2. Workshops for Officers — Norman 

3. Why I Am a Lutheran— Dr. Forell 

Recreation: Movie 9:00 

Campfire 10:30 




Breakfast 8:00 

Quiet Hour 8:30 

Bible Study 9:00 

Free Time 10:00 

The Service with Communion 11:00 

Dr. Karl W. Kinard— FRONTIERS 
President of South Carolina Synod 
Installation of Regional Officers 

Norman Hjelm 
Dinner 12:30 

The Bible Study based on Acts 2. 
Remember Bibles and notebooks. 

Registration $1.00 

Room and Board 6.00 

Travel Pool 1.00 

Total $8.00 

Southeastern Officers 

President— Marvin Shealy (Deceased) 

Vice President— Don Castor (Acting Presi- 
dent) — Duke 

Secretary — Bill Johnson (Acting President) 
— South Carolina 

Treasurer— A. Clifton Gray— V. P. I. 



Efrid Mall was designed for this purpose with six classrooms and a large assembly. Similar provi- 
sions were made in a number of other buildings on the grounds. Quite often when weather and 
surroundings were favorable, classes were held out of doors. 



Church School 

£tu4i) A*4 XeacterAhift 

Conference For 




July 6 ■ 8. 1957 

5:00- 6:00 




7:00- 8:00 


3:00- 9:00 

"The Roll of the Bible in Christian 
Education Today" 
Or. Harold Creager 


Get Acquainted 


7:30- 8:00 

Morning Watch 




Sunday School Adult-Young People 

11 00 

Morning Worship 
Visiting Congregation 

2:30- 330 The Sunday School and Evangelism 
Rev. E. L. Misenheimer 

3:30- 4:30 The Overall Coordinated 
Children's Program 
Miss Eleanor Sheets 

4:30- 5:15 Problem Clinic 

6:00 Supper 

7-.30- 8:30 'The Role of Theology in Chriitian 
Education For Today" 
Dr. Harold Creager 

8:30- 9:30 Audio Visual Aids 
Rev. George Ammon 


7:30- 8:00 Arising and Morning Watch 

8:00 Breakfast 

9:00- 9:20 Devotions 

9.20-10:20 Weekday and Vacation Church 
Miss Eleanor Sheers 

1 0:20-1 0:40 Intermission 

10:40-1140 Audio Visual Aids 

Rev. George Ammon 

1:30- 2:30 The Sunday School and 
Rev E. L. Misenheimer 

230- 3:00 Conference Evaluation and 


To give Church School Admin 
tunity to re -study their responsibilities u leaden; to 
learn new methods of administration; to bring prob- 
lems ot local Church Schools to a clinic lor discussion. 
U> train the leadership of our Church Schools. 

Those Invited are Church School Superintendent*, 
both general and departmental. Secretaries and Treas- 
urers, and Children's Secretaries and Leaders; Direc- 
tors ot Weekday ant* Vacation Church Schools. Any 
administrator In yi Parish program. Strive to have 
each ot the abov sions from your Partsh repre- 

If you desire i 
wite or family * . I 

Total cost will be St 00. Registration forms are 
available from all Pastors ot the Lutheran Synods of 
North and South Carolina, Georgia-Alabama, and 
Mississippi. Registration forms should be mailed to 
Rev. J. L. Thornburg. D.D.. Bos 1S26, Hickory, N. C. 
After June 1, Arden. N. C. The conference opens 
Saturday night and closes Monday afternoon. 

Rev. George B Ammon. Department of Audio-Visual 
Aids and Enlistment of the Board of Parish Education. 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Harold L Creager, Professor of Old Testament, 
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Columbia, 
South Carolina. 

Miss Eleanor Sheets, Sy nodical Director of Religious 
Education. South Carolina Synod, Columbia, S. C 

Rev. E. L. Misenheimer, Assistant to the President 
of the North Carolina Synod, Salisbury. N. C. 



Pastor, St. Paul's Lutheran Church 

Salisbury, North Carolina 

Chairman. N C Synodlcal Parish Education Committee 

Chairman. Lutherldge Program Planning Council 




i . The Rev. Louis H. 
V T r TS£* Sgebrook Lutheran 
Valbracht, Pastor «*» f W itten- 

Ch ^ C Ha^SvS%P^erat 

berg and Hamm * ventionS ; Church 

LUther ^Tols a^d a Mission in the 
Summer Schools ana 
Evangelism Program of the u 

^^"* Ve sper s 

Steanle n r. " e Rev rj 



General Assembly. Inspection report and fun time. 

Meals in dining hall. 

Down cabin row with a gleam and a glint. 
The snooping snoopers gaily went. 
At cabin one and on down the line, 
Hoping some leep jeeps at least they would find. 
Down on ail fours they carefully crept. 
Looking for some place that hadn't been swept. 
Ho leep jeeps in sight! All bunks carefully made. 
These snoopers returned, and all were dismayed. 
At cabin six, what did they see? 
A big cardboard sign, as plain as could be: 
"To you, you snoopers, better beware. 
You may be mistaken for a big mountain bear.'' 
Out of there they quickly retreated. 
Their task now halfway completed. 
"Certainly, " they said, "This cannot be. 
There's something wrong, somewhere, yes siree. 
These campers on us are playing a trick. 
We must find something, and find it quick." 
The dorm they inspected with hearts full of hope. 
Find anything? The answer was, "Mope." 
And then at the last, their hopes were revived. 
Paper in front, they gratefully spied. 
Someone had swept right down the steps. 
Dust and leep jeeps and paper scraps. 
Tomorrow, if they don't do better. 
From me they will get one little letter 
Telling them from their jobs they are fired 
And more in their place have just been hired. 



Where new friendships are formed 



Rising Bell 

Morning Watch 

Flag Raising 


Clean-up Time 

Classes: Bible Study, Camp Course; First and Second 


Rest Period: F.O.B. 
Assembly: Inspection Report 
A variety of recreational activities 
Qet ready for supper 
Flag Lowering 

Canteen, Snack Bar 

night's Doings . . . Fun Time 
Ready to retire. 
Lights out . . . Quiet 

Each week there are three special events: Introduc- 
tion of Staff on Sunday night; Lakeside Vespers on 
Thursday night; and Friday night entertainment by 
permanent staff followed by the traditional Camp Fire 


nights Doings 

Rest period, F.O.B. 

Checking mission study materials and other literature to be used 
at home. 

Miss Rebecca Shealy directing singing at Assembly. 






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Keu. fieifh Beam teaching a camp course. 

Rev. Douglas Fritz directing a group of young people singing. 

Mrs. W. A. Voss conducting a Mission Study Class in Efird Hall 

Teaching a cfass under the "REC" hall. 

The Summer Staff 




The Board of Trustees of Lutheridge set up guidelines for the hiring of young people to serve on 
the staff. They must have completed one year of college training or the equivalent in some other 
training school. 

We salute that large group of young people who served with us during the years from 1951 to 
1967. What an array of talent! Their energy, enthusiasm, dedication, along with some of their 
mischieviousness still amazes us. We have thought of you many times, and have longed to see 
you again. A few times our paths have crossed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, or 
at a Global Mission Event. 

When we think of you as young collegians, we also think of that other group of persons who stood 
high, and gave balance to a wonderful summer staff. We would like to name all of these but can 
only mention a few due to limited space: The Rev. Marcus Otterbein; Miss Winnie Butt; Miss Ethel 
Hockemyer, Rev. and Mrs. J. V. Long- Dr. Inez Seagle, Paul Holscher (Uncle Dutch); Mrs. R. M. Bingham; 
Mrs. E. A. Moore (Aunt Grace). 

We have a file of all of these as well as the names of leaders, both nationally and internationally 
who shared some of their time, skills and abilities with us. We thank each of you, sincerely and fully. 

We have only a few photos, but we hope that some of these will help to bring fond remembrances 
to many of you. 

A staff member teaching the Sunday School lesson. Another staff 
member served as superintendent, leading the worship. Each of 
you were involved in the "Leadership Training" for which the 
Church had developed Lutheridge. 

Summer Staff 

Summer Staff — A news photo from an Asheville paper 

Summer Staff 



Mr. Paul Holscher (Uncle Dutch) Water Front Director 

Miss Inez Seagle Program Director 

Miss Janice Clodfelter Co-Director 

Mrs. Marjorie Wagoner Dietician 

Mrs. Fannie Mayer Dining Mall Hostess 

Mrs. Frank McCarver Leadership Hall Hostess 

Mrs. J. Lewis Thornburg Book Store & Registrar 

Kitchen Staff: Ovenia Alexander, Susie Hammond, Marie Nesby 

Ardis Miller Frances Montsinger Robert Dasher 

Connie Bertolet Louise Ritter Paul Rudisill 

Martha Thornburg Melba Taylor William Boyd 

Sarah Burns Joan Hurst Walter Tatum 

Patricia Beatty 



Miss Inez Seagle (Robin) Program Director 

Mrs. Maude Sumner Dietician 

Mrs. Frank McCarver Dining Hall Hostess 

Mrs. F. M. Mayer Leadership Hall Hostess 

Mr. Paul Holscher (Uncle Dutch) Water Front Director 

Mrs. J. Lewis Thornburg Registrar 

Shirley Keaton Doris Shook Betsy Shealy 

Caroline Todd Linda Adkins Joe Holt 

Barbara Keller Jerry Hollar Joyce Keller 

Sara Huddle John Cline Melba Taylor 

Martha Hewley Ralph Wallace Frankie McCarver 

Miriam Eleazer Mary Lou Wyrick 


Richard Graf 
Mrs. Richard Qraf 
Jean Derrick 
Becky Coffey 
Betty Roof 
Al Mullen 
Virginia Lewis 
John Boyd 
Joyce Plonk 
Rebecca Lindler 
Marie Templeton 
Peggy Deal 
Vivian McSwain 
Norma Lansford 
"Schonnie" Setzer 
Marion Clark 
Eugene Windham 
John Bradburn 
Ed Schaak 

J. Lewis Thornburg 

Mrs. J. Lewis Thornburg 

Mrs. J. V. Long 

Miss Ethel Hockemyer 

Miss Winnie Butt 

Mrs. E. A. Moore 

Mrs. L. O. Shook 

Grace Fish 

Margaret Fish 

Mrs. Herbert Volkert 

Marilyn Bopp 

Lois Bouknight 

Marion Clark 

Becky Coffey 

Kathy Cooper 

John Cooper 

Jean Derrick 

John Ellsworth 

Patsy Frick 

Gail Goodnight 

Jo Ellen Grubbs 

Patricia Hartsell 

Scott Hendrix 

Jo Elaine Hoffman 

David Huddle 

May Frances Jantzen 

Susan McGinnis 

Mary Mahler 

Kitty Miller 

Peggy Murph 

Betty Roof 

Linda Sloop 

Ethelyn Smith 

Patricia Stender 

George David Swygert 

Kitty Kay Thornburg 

Ella Walters 

Carl Warren 

Janice Weaver 

Emogene Windham 

Judy Yoder 

Francis Susan Zeigler 




Mrs. J.V. Long Program Director 

Dianne Bumgartner Associate Director 

Barbara Beck Associate Director 

Arden Ray Water Front Director 

Mrs. Arden Ray Dining Hall Hostess 

Rev. and Mrs. Ben Clark Host Se Hostess Leadership Hall 

Mrs. E.A. Moore (Aunt Grace) Dietician 

Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Shealy Joint Host & Hostess Kohnjoy 

Mrs. J. Lewis Thornburg Registrar 

Miss Winnie Butt Resource Person 

Mrs. Bingham Resource Person 

Kitchen Staff: Ovenia Alexander, Susie Hammond, Marie Nesby, Mrs. Carolina Huber, Mrs. 
Jim Ball, Mrs. Larry Hulme, Mrs. Effie Johnson 

Mr. and Mrs. Jon Fogleman Judy Wessinger 

Mary Louise Haack Patricia Zipperer 

Mr. and Mrs. John Cline Loraine Wolf 

Cecelia Page Conrad Construm 

Libby Deal Clyde Overcash 

Tom Ford, Jr. Alice Rhyne 

Russ Stilwell Carol Anne Blandenberg 

Dick Poole Bonnie Rapp 

nancy Caughman Wayne Williams 

Charles Cullum LeVerne Miller 

Judy Fry Wanda Blackwood 

Dottie Hendrix Sarah Kessler 

Linda Kewat Martha Potter 

Susan Coble Judy Autry 

Jane Rimmer Johnnie Dennis 

Mary Francis Sigmon Jo Bookhoop 

Tom Steele Sara Proto 

Sylvia Buff Piancy Carpenter 

Linda Caldwell 

Carol Ballentine 

Sunday was a significant day for summer staff at Lutheridge. Camp attire was not the order of the 
day, and both men and women were encouraged to dress differently from the routine camp attire. 
And how gratifying it was to greet them. Time was allowed for the change-over before afternoon 
duties began. 

JUNE 7-13, 1959 




Patsy Rhyne 
Ann Morrison 
David Mellichamp 
Bobby Carlton 
Steven Duncan 
Robert Justus 
Ann Rice 


Andy Mauney 
George Privette 
Pastor and Mrs. Clark 


Don Steele 


Linda Nichols 
Margaret Ridenhour 
Amy Meyer 
Shirley Katzenmoyer 


, s$m& 


The Leaders 

195 1 Forward! How well and how pleasantly we recall so many of you. We seldom fail to give thanks for the valuable 

Local and 



contribution each of you made in terms of time, talent and dedication. Our files contain the names 
of most of you, and the part you played in our ongoing summer programs. Qod alone can register 
in His divine mind the witness and the influence you had in the lives of children, youths and adults. 

The names of some will appear under the head of "Programs". 

n fyiheran 

Dr. Franklin Clark Fry, President of the United 
Lutheran Church in America, and Dr. Elson 
Ruff, Editor of The Lutheran were among a vast 
number of renowned leaders in the Lutheran 
Church who participated in programs of 
Leadership Training which we offered at 

Dr. Elson Ruff 

December 30. 1S66 

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nnouncinq • 

The Second 
General Assembly 



Arden, N. C. 

July 24-30, 1955 

The Rev. J. Lewis Thornburc, D.D. 

Bishop Bjarne Skard 
Bishop of Toenaberg in Nor- 
way, is the famous son of a 
famous family and one of 
the three most distinguished 
preachers in the Church of 
Norway. Having long con- 
cerned himself with the the- 
ology of the early Church, 
he has written several books 
on this subject. 


Dr. Gunnar Hillerdal 
Assistant professor of the 
University of Lund, Sweden, 
is especially interested in the 
relations between the state 
and Church. Dr. Hillerdal 
ha3 made important contri- 
butions to a wider interest 
in theolofry in writing book 
daily press. 

Dr. T. A. Kantonen 
A distinguished American 
theologian, professor at 
H a m m a Divinity School, 
Springfield, Ohio; author of 
many books, and a distin- 
guished leader in world 


Dr. Jar. Willem 
Professor of Church History 
and member of the Theologi- 
cal Faculty of the University 
of Amsterdam, Holland. 
Chairman of the National 
Committee of the Lutheran 
World Federation in Hol- 
land. Author of several 
books on Luther and the 

Dr. Kurt-Dietrich 
Professor in Church History 
at the newly established the- 
ological faculty of the 
University of Hamburg, Ger- 
many. Author of several 
books, leader in the con- 
fessional Church, and an ac- 
tive opponent of the Hitler 
regime. His special interest 
is "Controversial Theology." 

Director Rev. L. C. Baumgarner, 



The program for our General Assembly 
has been planned primarily for ministers, 
their families, and adult laity. Each of 
the leaders listed below will appear once 
each day, thereby allowing time for in- 
formal conferences and fellowship. 

Vesper Speaker Dr. Harold Albert, 

Columbus, Ohio 

Lecture series Monday through Saturday: 

"The Evanston Assembly" — 

Dr. F. L. Conrad, Salisbury 

"Family Life Education" — 

Dr. Hugo Bordeau. Philadelphia 

"Lutherans and World Out-Reach" — 
Dr. Edwin Moll, Palestine 

The weekly rate for the Conference is 
$17.00. with one-half of thi3 amount for 
children under six years. The daily rate 
will be $3.60, which will include three 
meals and lodging. Those wishing to 
attend the General Assembly program 
should make reservations in advance, by 
sending a registration of $5.00, which will 
be applied on the total weekly or daily 
rate. All communications should be sent 
to Lutheridge, Arden. N. C. 

Those attending are expected to bring 
towels, bed linens and blankets. 

Special Theological Conference 

Dr. Charles Carroll 

Administrative Assistant 

National Lutheran Council 

New York City 

This phase of our weekly program haa 
been arranged in co-operation with Dr. 
Charles Carroll. National Lutheran 
Council, and will consist of five lectures, 
beginning on Thursday and continuing 
through Saturday morning. 

The Theme: "One Holy Catholic 

and Apostolic Church" 
Moderator: Dr. Charles Carroll 
Lecturers : 
"One Holy Catholic and Apostolic 

Church" Bishop Skard, Norway 

"The Unity of the Church"- - 

Dr. T. A. Kantonen, Springfield, Ohio 

"The Holiness of the Church"— 

Dr. Gunner Hillerdal, Sweden 

"The Catholicity of the Church"— 

Dr. Kurt-Dietrich Schmidt, Germany 
"The Apostolicity of the Church" — 

Dr. Willem Kooiman. Holland 

This regional theological conference at 
Lutheridge will be one of three to be held 
in the United States during 1955. We 
feel honored to be chosen as one of the 
regions, and would like to extend a most 
cordial welcome to all ministers to share 
in the entire program of the week. 
Lutheridge is easily accessible by auto, 
bus. train and plane, being located mid- 
way between Asheville and Henderson- 
vine, on U. S. 25. 


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They came from many parts of the world 
with natives and missionaries from Japan 
and far away India (Dr. Subama, with 
Mrs. Thornburg and a small family.) She 
told her hearers, "You are now seeing the 
fruits of Christian missions. 1 grew up In 
a very primitive, non-chrlstlan tradition. " 
She Is now the president of a Lutheran 
educational institution In Madras, India. 


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Dr. Subama 

L. to r.. Dr. Charles Carrol, Bishop Hans Lllje, and Thornburg. 


A grandfather and his grandaughter enjoying the fun-time at night's doings during Senior citizens week. 


A large group picture of senior citizens. 

Dr. E. B. Keisler, retired Lutheran minister leading a Bible study 
at another time for senior citizens. 

Bible study led by Dr. Sam Hahn for Senior Citizens in the lounge 
at Eflrd Hall. 


Senior citizens enjoying relaxed conversation and fellowship on the lawn of Efird Hall. 


Weekly Programs 

Someone has said Variety is the spice of life", and we can safely add that the variety of programs offered at our Lutheran 
Assembly grounds called Lutheridge, is the major attraction which keeps people coming in increasing numbers. We hope 
the materials offered in this section will validate what we have just written. 

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ACCOMMODATIONS ^ ^^ .~»»"^S?5.S 

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campers and adults »"« £»., shopv ,nR by earo 

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pwple-. co-oper^n" Th# c^pLn^nd^e^hfp SrJnS 
pwranu are dmgnoj to help each mdividual to "m™ lb 
the grate and knowledge of oux Lord Jejua Chnst" 


(Prtrapecuve college freshmen included). 

2 SENIOR WEEK: Juna 12-18 

'Ages 15.16. 17) 

Bible rtudy. camp course; ennchment courses Luther 

League Workshop. 

(Ages 12. 13, It) 
Bible rtudy. amp course, Luther League Workshop 


(Agej 12-17) 

Coma as mdicated for ume age groups above 
S. JUNIOR PIONEER CAMP: Juno 79-25 ^~ / 

Bible itudy; camp course 

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jne 26-Julv 2 

6- INTERMEDIATE WEEK: Jun. 26-Jul r 2 f 

(Ages 12, 13, U] 

Bible rtudy. camp course- Luther League Workshop 

(Ages 9. 10.11) 

fl. LEADERSHIP WEEK: July 3-9 

(Children under NINE (9, 111 be assigned room with 
o l~LiL _ Jun,t " H™ inlermcdau: ages w,|| be assigned 
PLonwr Camp Provuuons w,U be made for children 
accompany,ng (heir parents dunng all regularly sche- 
duled program, Tru, onmsion includeslh.ldrcn I™ 
Four thru eiehl yean of age ) 

Director: Rev L C Baumgamer. WLtnion-Salem 
Ofn- Rev Luther Jeffcoat, Spartanburg 
Vesper Speaker. Rev Ralph Tabor, DX>.. Balumore 

I. l».Zb. -How to read and itudy Use Bible." 
Tenbook: "Read and Live", Brokhoff 
Teacher The Rev Paul Rem. D D.. Atlanta 

&&ZS5Z2S& SSs course't^v^^- 
ucal guidance and actual pracuce u, the 'use of v ln ™', 
methods for luch readinn mj .i..j., r. i j "*"" 

principles (or Bible mterp.etal.on. and encourages the 
development of a person! plan „( Bible readmg and 

I. lUJb. The Christian Task at borne and abroad' 

Textbooks: The Mission Study Books for 1861. 

Teacher Miss Eleanor Sheets. Columbia. 

The purpose ol trui course is to help leaders acquire 
.JrX-. b " Cl ^r^. Un , d LnJo ™ at «» l . usable malenalj and 
rffecOve methods for leading groups and the congrega- 
tion in a study of the current home and foreign mission 

3. 211b -Teaching Cbildren in the Church- 
Textbook: "Guiding children In Christian growth". 

Teacher: Mrs Frank Breu. Hickory. 
bv^acrTerTV? 1 ' WJtn , ule *** ™*°** to be used 
for guid^g ^C^t^^wVo^^drir'such' 
quejlions as these will be considered What is a lesson' 
How doe, a teacher prepare for a Classen oa? How 
may lesson materials be used' What [i tiTe re la uo no. 
materials and methods to religious growth'' 
t. «I2.7b. -Taching In the Weekday Church School- 
Textbook: "Way. of Teaching". Anderson. 
Your specific grade WDCS text 
A variety of resource material. 
Teacher: Mr Frank Breu, Hickory. 
This course is intended to assist teacher, in aequir- 

p^wThi 1 a&rrtf £ft^ , h rmi ic 

enab. how to make preparaUon. and ho^ to JZgT m 
eiieetive leaching and use of thu material 


1. 142*. winning others for Christ". 

Textbook: The Kingdom Come". Lund 
Teacher: Rev. John A. Pleas. Lexington, N C. 
It is the purpose of Ihil course to mobvjtt worker* 
&£?Z hecome r,> co1^ e rtn?™;rthe Vi, r Bel ' !m ' ^ 

2. 120*. -The Church and Family Life". 
Textbook: The Christian Home". Kardatik,. 
Teacher: Rev. Robert Shelby, Jr , Columbia. 

fiorT y ind P"" 11 ^"^tion ^ the congreV" 

[Act* 9-14] 

Bible study; camp course 
10 SENIOR WEEK. July 10-16 
f Ages 15 16. 17) 
Course, the same as other senior weeks. 


(Age, 9. 10.11) 

Bible study, camp course 

12 SCHOOl OF CHURCH MUSIC: July 17-23 

MUST n aecom"n EN .° R "*" """"^ C1 "'d«n who 
will be cared for during the sessions) 
Director: Rev James Lagghlin, Salisbury 
Accompanists: Mrs J W Remington Augusta 
Mrs Wayne Koonu. Salisbury 
Among leaders lor the School are Rev L David Mil 
Oi r helTe"d^'to ST Park<r B W,1Cm ' d cSS-brS: 

13. JUNIOR MUSIC CAMP: July 17-23 

(Age, 9-12) 

lered for this program INQUIRE IF IflTCERTAIN 
Direclor: Cordon Beaver, Columbia. 

14, LEADERSHIP WEEK: July 24-30 

(Same courses and same plan of operaiion u liiii^t f nr 

the week of July 3-9) See under No 8 

Director: Rev L. C Baumgamcr 

Dean: Rev Luther Jeff coat 

Vesper Speaker: Rev Harold Albert. D D.. Pittsburg 


1. Course l«i. Rev J W Cobb. Raleigh. 

2 Course 420* Rev J W Kcmpson. LJf D 

1 Course 1202b. Rev John R Brokhoff D D 


2 Course 152 5b. Miss Frances Dysmger Phila 

3. Course 211b. Miss Lucy Brady, Columbia 
■1 Course 612 7b. Rev Raymond Davis. Philadelph.a 

July 24-30 
(Ages 9-141 
Bible study ; camp course, for juniors and intermediates 

. CONFERENCE WEEK July 31-Augu,, 6 

(Offered for ULCW and ULCM primarily; bui olhcr 
adult laity and clergy are invited also Similar pro- 
vision for children under NINE (9, who accompany 
Iheir parents as provided during other adult weeks) 

This will be a spin week, with registration being 
from Sunday 3 f,.-moon until noon Wednesday, and 
then from Wednesday afltmoon until Saturday noon 
Tho«- allendmft for only half time W ,II p.» SIO.OU while 
thow wishing Lo remain for the entire week w,ll Dlv 
SlflOO Children will pay , he rtgul3r grad ,. d ^/^ 

Directors: Louis C VanGorder, Atlanta 

Mrs C K Dernck, Sr , Atlanta. 
Vesper Speaker: Rev Robert Marshall. Professor. 

Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary 
Paslor'i lecture hour: Rev Lawrence Folkcmer PhD 

Washington outemer. r-n.D . 

Bible Study (or Laity Rev Ralph D Heim.PhD. 

Professor. Lutheran Theological Seminary. 

Gettysburg. " 

ULCW Conference Hour: Mrs Fred C Wiegman mem- 

ber ULCW Executive Board, worker in Si 
's, Sarasota, under the Board of 

ULCM Conle 

nMisi ... 
:e Hour: Mr 

r-xecutive Secretary of ULCM 
New York City 

(Ages 9-14) 

Bible study, camp courses for Juniors and Intermedial 
IB JUNIOR WEEK: Auguit 7-13 

(Ages 9. 10.11) 

Bible study, camp cours* 


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rtudy, c 

20 JUNIOR WEEK: Au Q u,f 14-20 

(Ages 9. 10. Ill 

Bible study, camp course 


(Ages 12. 13. 14) 

Bible study: camp course 

22. LUTHERAN BOT SCOUT RETREAT: Au H . 19. 20. 21 
23 OPEN WEEK: Auguil 2127 

Anyone desiring to come to Luthendge for a day and 


The a 


people, so that eim wi wi'l' be'runnme'al 
not stop short of this objective 

In addition (o these w-eklv „,.«„, ,k. 
'.,-, lor toner. I'.' m ,|,„ l^ rr -l r 'n, rhrrt- zrv opportur 

peop^sho,^'' hT d " Cometh i ng"' different" o 


The 1960 Litllf Ashram 
May 1 

The Regional Conferen, 
will miit a| Lulhvridiii- M 

Sunday Sen. 

il Lutlicridgc. April 29- 
•arish Education Board 

I In The Chapel 

mhl, Ground; Congrc 

Programs similar to these were offered every week. 


Sixth Annual 

School Of 
Church Music 



Arden, North Carolina 
August 2531, 1957 

The Rev. R. Harold Terry, Director 


Send Reservations to 

Dr. J, Lewis Thornburg 

Executive Director 

CO Luthendge. Arden. N. C 

Leland B Sateren 

Director of Augsburg 
College ChoLr. Minnea- 
polis. Minn Member of 
the Commission on the 
new Lutheran Hymnal. 
Named one of the top 
twenty outstanding 
choral conductors, in 
America Composer and 
! 200 choral compositions. 
i in church music in Hol- 
land. England. France, Austria, Germany, 
Norway. Denmark, and Sweden 

Milton W Moore 

Head of the Music De- 

partment and Director of 

the Newberry College 

Sinners. Newbenv. S. C 

M Mus American Con- 

servatory of Music, Chi- 

cago; Ed.D, Columbia 

dBB* 1 J 

Un versify. Graduate 

Study at Juilhard School 

of Music. Ne 

w Y 

ork City, and Cherubim 

Conserve lory 

of IV 

usic, Florence. Italy, Ad- 

judicalor and Chor 

al Music Festival Conduc- 

lor for state 1 

igh school contests and church 

music clinics 

Mfs Haskell L Boyter 

Founder and 


f The Childre 

s School 

f Music. All 

nla, Ga. 

specialist in 


nd vouth choir 

s Gradu- 

te of Convers 

e College 

vith post-grad 

ate sludv 

n leading mus 

c centers 

f the nation. 


hester, N Y, a 

nd special 

and Chicago. 

Richard M Peek 

^^^T ■ Organist and Choir Director 

■^^^L^^^^B Covenant Presbyterian 

^HHTMv Church. Charlotte. N. C 
^^^B_^T M.S.M., Theological 

■ft/ Seminary School of Sacred 

^■V Mir.: New York City, and a 

^H HMf candidate for Doctor of Sacred 

i^^^^^^F^^^ Mush degree Student of 
^™ " ^™ Richard Ross, Vernon de Tar, 
and George Faxon Composer of "St Stephen", a 
contemporary cantata, and other organ W'orks 


Richard A Carlson 

Trinity En 

Church. Foil 



MSM. Union Theoloaical 
Seminary School of Music 
Student of Dr. George Y Wil- 
son and Dr. Hugh Porter. For- 
mer organist of University 
Lutheran Church. Bloomins- 
id St Matthew Lutheran Church. 


Mrs Wayne Koontz 



Student of C. G Vardell at 
Salem College Former organ- 
ist of Church of the Holy In- 
nocents (Episcopal). Auburn 
Alabama, and Holv Trinity 
Lutheran Church. Raleigh 
i present organist of Temple 

Beih-Or. Raleigh Former ac- 

at Alabama Polytechnic Institute and the Salis- 
bury. N C. Male Chorus. 

The Rev R Harold Terry 

Pastor, St Mark's Lutheran 
Church. China Grove. N C. 
S.T.M., Union Theological 
Seminary, New York City, and 
graduate of Lenoir Rhyne Col- 
lege and Lutheran Theological 
Southern Seminary Chaplain 
of Luthendge Music School in 
1954 and Director since 1956. 
of N. C Synod Committee on Church 
Lutheran Hymnal 

The Rev W. Richard Fritz 

Founder and Director. Sou- 
nary A Capella 



and sometime instructor in 
Chuich Music Choi director 
of Ml. Tabor Lutheran Chuich. 
Columbia, S. C. Gradual? of 
Lenuir Rhyne College. Sou- 
thern Seminary. MS, Colum- 
Jniversily, and graduate study at Union Theo- 
:al Seminary Author ol articles in "The Lu- 
an", "Luther Life". "Augsburg Uniform Les- 
", ar.d ULCA Youth Sunday programs. 

The Cost 

The total cost of the school will be $25.00 which 
will include room, board, and all music used. A 
registration fee of S5.00 must accompany each 

reservation which will be applied on the above 

Time Of Arrival And Departure 

The School will begin on August 25th with reg- 
istration beginning at 2 p.m. The last meal served 
will be breakfast on Saturday morning. August 



Church School 

SWy A»4 it*4inkip 


July 8 - 8. 1957 


imrami i; week 

MISSION HALL — Constructed 

from funds contributed by the 
Woman's Auxiliary 


• JUl* 31 AUGUST 1 


• or JUtT 31 -AUGUST 6 

Lulheridge Assembly 



This is a period of time set aside, with the 
cooperation of the Synods, for Adult Education 
Here is opportunity to learn, grow and to enrich 
the mind through Bible Stud> and Devotion It 
will also stimulate action in Evangelism and 
Church work in all congregations through under- 
standing better the responsibilities and needs of 
the auxiliaries of the church 


Tnis conference is for the Laity, the Pastors, 
and their families All Lutherans of the south- 
east area of the United States We want to em- 
phasize the family especially since the program 
at Luthendge has a place for every age 


United Lutheran Church Women Conference 
Hour and UNITED Lutheran Church Men Con- 
ference Hour — Workshops for discussion, plan- 
ning and information concerning new trends and 
new ideas that will benefit and vitalize the men's 
and women's work in the church 

Bible Study for the Laity- — Concentrated study 
and discussion of a po-' on of the Bible under 
the guidance of a most capable leader 

Pastor's Lecture Hour — \.i inspirational hour 
of sharing that is not possible at any other time 
Enrichment not possible before 

i chapel overlooking LtlL North 
Carolina Mountains or 1 " cannu: help but be 
aware of God s presence and t. feel "-- working 
of His Grace. 


Rev Lawrence D Folkemei. Ph D ., Pastor of 
the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. 
Washington, D C 

Rev Ralph D Horn. Ph D , Professor, Lutheran 
Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsyl- 

Mrs Fred C Wiegman, member of the executive 
board of the ULCW of the ULCA, worker 
in St Paul's Lutheran Church. Sarasota. 

Mr Howard L Logan, Executive Secretary of 
the United Lutheran Church Men of the 

Rev Robert J Marshall. MA.. Professor. Chica- 
go Lutheran Theological Seminary. May- 
wood. Illinois 


7:00 AM— Arise 

8 00 AM— Breakfast 

4:00 AM — Bible Study and Pastor's Lecture 

10.00 AM— Break 

1030 AM— ULCM and ULCW Workshops 

11.30 AM — Free time (Bookstore open! 

12:30 PM— Lunch 

1:30 PM— Free time 

5:30 PM— Dinner 

l .30 PM— Vesper Service 

8:30 PM— Free time 

I I 00 PM— To Bed 


The total cost for three days is SI 0.00 
The total cost for the full week, from August 

31, through August 6, I960, is SI 8.00. 

A 55.00 registration fee must accompany each 



Take advantage of the opportunity of attend- 
.ng the conferer.c for the whole week. It will be 
j nenefit financially, physically, and most im- 
portant of all, spiritually 

Nursery provided while attending sessions and 
other activities 


7tU6e it /t 


Singing Vacation 

JULY 9-15. 1961 



Ages: 9-14 

Junior Choir Director*, plan to tend torn* of 
your members or the entire group, for a 
weak of supervised work and play. 

Cost: $18.00 

School of 


Seniors and Up 

Outstanding leaders in organ and choral 

Organist, Choir Directors, members of choirs 
you should not miss this opportunity. 

Pastors and Church Councilman see that 
soma one from your parish is receiving the 
be n e fit* of such a week . . . studying now 
methods . . male rials . . literature . . worship 
and inspiration* 

Or. Stgvait 
Prof. Paul t 
Dr. Richard Carlson 
Mis. /• W. RenuABton 
Mres Dorothy wnham 

Cost: f2foOO 


LUTHERIDGE~Lutheran Assembly Grounds 






All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. We do not want this to happen to any boy, girl, man 
or woman who comes to Lutheridge. Our afternoons afford ample time and opportunites for all 
to participate in some form of supervised recreation and fellowship. We have group games and 
individual activities; and the arrangement of these activities gives the small cabin groups with their 
counsellors an opportunity to mix and mingle with much larger groups. We are pleased to share 
some photos with you. 

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Heady to hit the nice, cool, spring fed water in the lake. 

A junior camper aiming for the bull's eye 
at the archery range. 

"Uncle Dutch" Paul Holscher, rules supreme as the 
waterfront director. 

Swimming could well be the most popular sport, both at the lake and at the pool. 




CRAFTS, learning to make things, was a part of each afternoon's activities. This was true of the 
FIRST summer, even though our facilities were limited and cramped. Craft supplies and materials 
were for sale, and instead of buying something which another had made, everyone was encourag- 
ed to try their hand at creating, designing and making their "own thing" to take home. 

Leather work Many find pleasure and satisfaction in making a 
slide as well as many other items. 

Lanyards The teacher and the pupil engaged in a teaching- 
learning experience. 

Marionett's This art required imagination, skill and dexterity. 

Shells Be beads And what a lovely sight to behold. 

Other There were other craft activities under "Rec. flail" and at other 
places. Then Beldl Craft arrived, providing many more acctivlties. 
There was pottery, wood carving, and painting. 


Shuffle Board, and there are eight of these courts on the grounds. Having some fun and frolic at night's Doings at the "Rex" Hall. 


Campfire Ceremonies 

Altar of 

At the conclusion of the Friday night entertainment by the staff, a member of the staff explained 
the ritual of the rock, dating back to ancient Biblical times. Each one was asked to select a rock 
or small stone picked up from the ground, and carried with them to Friendship Circle and on to 
the Altar of Dedication. 

"What means these stones?" 

Since earliest times man has used a stone or heaps of stones as a memorial to stand as a mark 
of endless endurance to a vow he has made, a covenant promise, or as a sign of some great event 
in his life. Qen. 28: 11-23. 

But why such a cairn at Lutheridge? Why this heap of stones, now placed in an altar, with stones 
on either side? Qod wanted Israel to remember the loving care and tender mercy of her God and 
the vow she had made to Him. And we gave this Altar of Dedication at Lutheridge and in the tradi- 
tion of Camp Mawaka, which was established by our Church as a pilot for those who followed in 
this same program of Leadership Training. 

Those who came here, young and old alike, have had a mountain top experience. Their last night 
here in and through this beautiful ceremony, they endeavor to reaffirm that child-father relation- 
ship with Qod— and only Qod and each person who knelt here and placed his or her stone on the 
heap of stones knows what was said, or vow made or renewed. 

We hope the photos which we are able to share with you will help you to catch something of the 
magnetism, and the strength which this service created in the lives of those who were participants. 

Two staff members leading the campers 
from the flag pole to Friendship Circle for 
the campfire ceremonies. 

Friendship Circle 

Joining the rolling procession, walking 
two by two, with those forming the 
lighted trail standing silently. 

Kneeling, meditating, placing the stone 
on the heap. 

Leaving the campfire, and walking up the 
lighted trail to drive to Chapel, and the 
Altar of Dedication. 

Four staff members lighting the small fires. 

Approaching the site. 

Inez Seagle (Robin) lighting the large fire, 
using the ritual for lighting a fire. 


Circle Of LOVC The first Intermediate Camp, under the direction of Rev. Vernon Frazier, located a sight on the 
grounds and called it Friendship Circle or Circle of Love, and held the first Friday night Camp Fire 
at this location. 

It was this group of campers that presented the picture of Christ and the Rich Young Ruler, which 
hangs in the outer office in Efird Mall, IN MEMORY OF MY FATHER WHO DIED DURIMQ THIS WEEK. 

The sight was improved and expanded as the years went by, and an untold number of campers 
participated in this impressive ceremony around the camp fire. The ritual of lighting a fire was 
always a part of the program. Four persons were invited to light the four small fires, each saying, 
"I light this fire for the physical life; I light this fire for the mental life; 1 light this fire for the social 
life; I light this fire for the spiritual life." 

As these fires gently and slowly burned, campers who had received a five year, ten year or a fif- 
teen year attendance medallion spoke about their weeks at Lutheridge. Then the large central fire 
was lighted by Program Director Robin Seagle or another member of the staff and the following 
ritual was followed: 

"Kneel always when you light a fire; 

Kneel reverently and thankful be for God's unfailing majesty. 

Kneel always when you light a fire. 

Kneel always when you light a fire; 

And as the flames ascend the sky 

Know you that your "Great Chief" is standing by 

Kneel always as you light a fire; 

And as you sit beside your friend. 

Know you that your Savior will be with you to the end. 

Kneel always when you light a fire." 

Altar of Dedication 



Every night of each week was special at Lutheridge, but Sunday, Thursday and Friday nights took 
on a distinctive characteristic. Miss Winnie Butt, St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Charleston, S.C. 
was our chief resource person for two of these events. 

Introducing the staff each Sunday night was very important for everyone. Each year "Miss Winn- 
ie", as she was affectionately called, came up with a new version for this introduction. 

Our Friday nights had a two-fold emphasis. The permanent staff providing gala entertainment 
in the Lineberger Memorial Dining Hall. The impressive and never to be forgotten "Friday Night 
Camp Fires" at Friendship Circle and at the Trinity Tree concluding with the impressive service 
at the Altar of Dedication. 

Kellers two have we this year, They're no kin neither far nor 
In office work they know everything, Class room bells they near, 

will always ring. Joyce, Joyce and Barbara, 
Ringers of the bell, 
Now Snoopy Lou had X-Ray eyes and she never minded the campers' sighs, 
She did her job and did it well, '"('hat score you get only she can tell, 

Snoopy, Snoopy Lou!, Looking thru X--Ray eyes. 
Now Shirley came up from Charleston Town, She makes funny noises all 
Assists Snoopy Lou, has a funny accent, around, 

Her diaphragm is probably bent- Shirley, Shirley Keaton, 

"/ith the peculiar accent,, 
'Vorking with Boy Scouts for 40 year's, Nov; he's at Lutheridge helping 
Keeping us safe, from all harm, f- ' our parents won't have/ us here, 
Dutch, Dutch Holscher, King of the ■.aterf.conti /alarm.. 

Been up at Lutheridge for summers two. Does most anything there i3 to 
V»'orks in the dining hall in her epara time, Kelps Robin /do, 

Keep things in line. Ardis". Ai-dis Miller y 

Robin's right 'hand mani 
Chief of the waitresses is her main chore. You'll see her running in 
And out the door, Drink and food on the table she keeps, 
The gratitude of all for this she reaps, 
Sarah, Sarah Burns, Keep our tables full, 

Down on the Waterfront with Uncle Dutob, Jumping in the water and 
splashing it much, Helping keep all out of danger is he, 

This job makes him very busy. Jerry, Jerry Livinstone. Bring them 

back alivet 

A good ole southern boy with lots of spunk, Picks up garbage cans and 
burns the junk, Works in the dining hall with fellows three, 

No doubt about it, a handy man is he a Joe, Joe Holt, A handy man is 


Keeping the bookstore is quite a job, But Martha's calm arrdd the mob, 

The paper she puts out each week, Into Lutheridge news we take a peek. 

Martha, Martha Caldwell. Busy girl is she'- 

Now little Anne's bout the size of a flea Her sing^n 1 oughta keep us 
out of misery, She sings to the go.l." F- r ,&. to al l th? mer., Xi she hits 
a wrong note .iht: has to chase 'err, !:■.:-. Auri, Ann Ollne, Musical girl 
is she j 
Sweeps the floor and washes the ta'cOe, And anything alse that he is 
'■Vatches out for everyone in his sight, Al'J the time from able, 
morn to night, Gordon, Gordon ward, Tallest man at Lutherdige'. 

Miss Winnie Butt 

Introduction of Staff 


Thursday afternoon was "time off" for the kitchen staff and the time for the weekly "cook-out" 
for both Hill and Pioneer areas. 

It was also time for those participating in Leadership or Conference to visit the Pioneer and 
Wilderness campsites. 

The day came to a close with an inspiring vesper service at Lake Lewthorne. At Vesper Call, the 
Mill campers assembled as usual at the flag pole, and then silently walked two by two to the Lake, 
assembling on the side near the lodge; and at the same time those in the Pioneer area, having 
responded to the Vesper Call, gathered at the flag pole in the Softball field and made their way 
walking silently, two by two to the opposite side of the lake. 

The photo of one of these services, showing the group of Hill campers, gives one some idea of 
this impressive service of songs, scripture, prayer and a brief sermonette by different leaders. 

The Motion Choir, consisting of a number of campers was often a special feature of this service, 
with the Lord's Prayer sung by one of the staff. 

Thursday night Vespers at Lake Lewthorne. A regular weekly worship experience. 

Stone steps leading from Efird Mall to the 
Rec. hall. 

After a rainy day before we had these 
steps, it was very difficult to make one's 
way up that steep incline. 




Since our first joint Summer School for Church Workers held at Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Moun- 
tain ri.C, TEL-A-VISION has been the weekly news media for reporting events of interest. The per- 
manent staff and campers share some of their impressions and views found in some of the weekly 

Editor, Mrs. S. L. Swing; Associ- 
ates: Betsy Shealy, Joyce Keller, 
Ann Loflin, Jane Killian, Laura 
Shunpert, Marie Waller, Jean Ni- 
chols, Margaret Ridenhour, Deanna 
Eakor, Martha Mahler, Bill Trexler, 
Joe Holt, Linda Lucas, and Brad 

Editor's note: ORCHIDS to all the 
Staff members for getting their 
assignments in and for the offers 
of help and work rendered. 


The July 22-26 Intermediate 
cai'ip has an enrollment of 197. Of 
those, 61 are boys and 136, girls. 

Frorr. where do they cone? North 
Carolina, 113; South Carolina, 57; 
Georgia, 4; and Alabama, 10. 

V/e understand from one Alabama 
member that many others would like 
to have but their registra- 
tions cane in after the camp was 
filled. Our advice: Plan nor- to at- 
tend Lu the ridge next summer, and 
send your registration fee of 
$5 now. The registrars would like 
to accommodate all who want to come 
but they can offer to you only what 
the supporting synods nave provid- 
ed. If you can' t register early 
enough to get in, better get the 
synods busy providing more accom- 
modations I 


Those campers who have attended 
Lutheridge for five years since 
its beginning in 1951 told the 
campers what Lutheridge has meant 
to them at the Campfire ceremonies 
Friday night. 

Those speaking were: Brad Redd, 
Lexington, S. C; Kenny Counts and 
Betty Moore Chase, Charlotte; Mary 
Dean Lcntz, Spartanburg, Janice 
Summers and Ginger Black, Cherry- 
ville; Betty Roof, Columbia; Ron- 
ald Clodf elder, Troutman; and Mar- 
garet Ridenhour, Aslieville. ^Betsy 
Sh;alj, permanent" ' staff r^uber, 
led the campfire nodi tuition. 

All emphasized the ways in which 
their experiences have helped them 
in their spiritual growth. 

Campers note 
LLlTHERTDG£ additions 

"What a difference a year makes" 
could well be the theme song of 
this year's campers. 

"Night's Doings" made good use 
of the new Lakeside Pavilion with 
half of the groups reporting there 
for folk plays and others to the 
"Rec" Hall for relays. In the past 
all campers had to crowd into the 
"Rec" Hall at one time. The pavi- 
lion was built through gifts of 
Mrs. Thadd Harrison, Charlotte. 

Those working on crafts noticed 
the surfaced floor, provided for 
by the N. C. Luther League. 

The 1955 campers returned to 
find the surfaced tennis and vol- 
ley ball courts toward which they 
contributed last year. 

Mission Hall, a United Lutheran 
Church Women project of the women 
in the Lutheridge-supporting sy- 
nods, makes an ideal assembly spot. 
It was especially appreciated when 
campers had to turn around on the 
trail to the Temple of Silence be- 
cause of the rain. Drenched camp- 
ers must have uttered a prayer of 
thankfulness for this refuge. 

Roses, given by Mrs. Power, 
Parr, S. C, and Jackson-Perkins, 
Neward, N.Y., have been planted in 
beautiful rose gardens. Hydrangeas 
and other plantings on the highway 
frontage and the drive up from the 
main entrance gate were given by 
the Thornburgs. 

Campers share in the disappoint- 
ment which Mr. Beach Keller and Mr. 
Grover Fradj; caretaker and grounds 
supervisor, recently experienced. 
They had approximately 65 pheasants 
which they planned to let roam the 
(See IMPROVEMENTS, page 4) 


(continued from page 1) 
assembly grounds, but weasels left 
only a few. 

Countless other improvements 
have been made, giving evidence of 
(as LUTHERAN'S Editor Ruff stated) 
"the results of his (Dr. Thorn- 
burg's) genius and devotion in 
leading this work... (and of) how 
strongly and Imaginatively the 
Southern synods have supported the 

Staff members are agreed that 
one of the most helpful additions 
is the automatic washing machine 
i n tVifi s t-.s-Pf cabin. 




e~Rv) i clih: 

"What will you do with this 
Jesu3 who is celled the Christ?" 
asked Betsy Shealy in >sr can pf ire 
devotions. She challenged each 
camper to make the right decision. 
She pointed out the decision 
Pilate made nearly 2,000 years a- 
go. Instead of asking those who 
were in a position to guide him 
correctly, he needed the cries of 
the mob. 

"Christ confronts us as we de- 
part," she said. "Hake your heart 
.n altar. It won't be easy," As ex- 
mples of those who had ches on the 
ay of Christ, she told of the lad 
ith the barley leaves, Timothy, 
Ibert Sweitzer and David Living- 

She emphasized that for each 

mper the hour of decision was at 

nrt — when they knelt at the altar 

dedication. She concluded wL th 

e quotation: 

"I expect to pass through this 
eld but once. Any good thing, 
srefore, that I can do or any 
ldness I can show to any fellow 
an being, let me do it now. Let 
not defer or neglect it, for I 
11 not pass this way again." 

NICrHT'3 J 2QIN G-5 

This week's Night's Doings found 
Groups A, B, and C enjoying Folk 
and Square Dancing on Monday night 
while Groups D, E, and F had re- 
lays. The Dumb Bunnies won first 
place in the relays and the Spi- 
ders and Flattops tied for second. 

Monday night's program was re- 
versed on Wednesday night and re- 
lay winners were the Devils, first 
place; the Earth Angels, second; 
and the Mousekateers, third. 

Following Thursday night's cook- 
out, Units C and D tied for first 
place in the skits. Unit C were 
Dutchmen and Unit D, Mexicans. Ca- 
bin 3, with their Irish production 
from "Midsummer Night's Dream," 
came in second; and Cabin 2, with 
the Indian version of the 23rd 
Psalm, third. 



go 3 

Tol-a-Vi nion 

rtucaat: 11, 1C56 

Dr. and Mrs. J. L. Thornburg as 
Mama and Daddy Lutheridge ( slnco 

Big brothors and sisters: 
Shlrloy (aftor-newn) Keaton, 

Charleston, S. C. 
Doris (Freckles) Shook, Stonloy, 

N. C. 
Martha (Wo 11 now) Hawley, Stanley, 

N. C. 
Barbara (Bingo) Roller, Rock Hill, 

S. C. 
Joyce (Koen Bye) Keller, Arden, 

N. C. 
Mary Lou (That'll bo the day) 

Wyrick, Gibsonvllle, N. C. 
Linda (Rock-em Liazy) Atkins, 

Hickory, N. C. 
Miriam (Woo-woo) Eleazor, Orange- 
burg, S. C, 
Melba and Joo (Ball and chain) 

Holt, Mt. Airy Seminary, 

Philadelphia, Pa. 
Botsy (Lights out, girls) Shcaly, 

Batosburg, S. C, 
Sarah (Let's sing) Huddle, Salis- 
bury, N. C« 
Frankie (Lost trunks) McArvor, 

Gastonia, N. C. 
Carolyn (Walhalla) Todd, Walhalla, 

S. C. 
Paul (Uncle Dutch) Holscher, 

Rocky Mount, N. C. 
Chad (Dreainboat) Mitchol, Hickory, 

N. C. 
Ralph (Where's Sarah) Wallace, 

Conoord, N. C. 
Jerry (Papa) Hollar, Faith, N.C, 
(Big) John Clino, Concord, N. C, 
Mrs. (Aunt Sunny) Summers, Spart- 
anburg, S*. C . 
Mrs. (Mama Mac) McArvor, Gastonia, 

N. C 
Mrs. (Girls, get quiet) Mayor, 

No-wherry, S. C« 
Among the visiting aunts, uncles, 
and cousins are: 
Rev. Lucher Fulmcr, Ebonezer, China 

Grove., N. C. 
Rev. Marion Rhodon, Mission De- 
veloper, Greenville, S. C. 
Miss Ella Jane Shealy, Littlo 

Mountain, S. C 
Mrs. Sadio 31oan, Ebenozer, China 

Grovo, N. C. 



U I 


The Luther Loa^Tio of America 
elected Judy Ford as 'its first 
girl president in the 62 years' 
history of the organization. The 
Convention is nov; in session in 
Lawrence, Kanas. 

Kiss Ford, former Vice-pros- 
ident and President of the Luther 
League of North Carolina, is from 
Chorryvillo, iJ. C, and a rising 
senior at Lenoir Rhyno College. 
•ss-» .. «*»« ;;-»* 



Miss Jean Cr.-ihlaj , 

Sellffbury. .\, 
Midi. Muiy Wlso, 

bury, .w, C, 
Mis. j A-:--i Uixn), Eoly Trinity, Gas- 

t-jnia, N. C. 
Rev., and Mrs. Keith J. Beam, Good 

She-fiord, Brevard, N. C, 

St. Peter's, Salis- 

And to all 
and sisters, 

the family reunion during 
week of 195711 

the little brothers 

a big invitation to 



This week brings to a oloae 
our 16th namplng season, and It 
baa boon a good anMr all the 
way. Wo nave had splendid par- 
ticipation by campers and all of 
our loaders* Our total attendance 
will most likely climb to an all 
high. We hope you will keep a 
place In your prayers and your 
plans for Luther logo. May Christ 
bo at the eenter of your llfo, 
then you will grow and develop 
into the kind of manhood - and 
womanhood He wills for all of us* 


J. Lewis Thornburg 
(Daddy Lutheridge) 


CAMPERS, I know that you have 
had a "glorious" week here at 
Lutheridge. Today, we shall all 
go our different ways— yet we will 
be bound together in the Master's 
name* I ask you to make use of 
what you have learned and be 
helpful when you go horns* 
"Tls good, Lord to be here I 
Yet we may not remain; 
But since Thou bidst us 

leave the mount, 
Como with us to the plain." 

Mrs. J. V. Long 
Program Director 


You give but little when you 
give of your possessions, but 
you truly give when you give of 

" of o u r own, 

y side will thank us, 
Just for leaving theirs alone* 

And we'll find more time for 

[go9d--tha±^weLiBlght do 
5w J e aH y-rreeding 
A little help to see bim through* 

,'r u~T" 

a Biafiff'teen^h Annual lutheridge 
Retreat jla bSlhg held on Auguat 
19, 20,^ann 21 in "the Pioneor 
Camping ■FeaV't There will bo 
appromlmate|.v 550 bov scouts 
doming ' from SS to 50 troops*. 
The majority of the scouts come 
from North Carolina and the 
rest from Charleston and Columbia, 
South Carolina. 

The loaders aro: Mr* Joo 

Bland, Camp Director; Mr* Aubrey 
Mauney, Director of Scouting in 
North Carolina; and Tho Rovorond 
Paul Rimmor, Devotional Spoaker. 



Spiritual Experiences 

Nourishing the 
Devotional Life 

We begin the day with God, and we end the day with Him. Someone once remarked about the quali- 
ty of the spiritual atmosphere which characterized the place. At the Vesper call everyone moves 
quietly and reverently toward the flag pole, arranging themselves in ranks of two by two, and waits 
for the the leaders to begin the trail to where the service is scheduled for that day. Dr. Seagle sug- 
gests, "We talk with one another during the day— vesper trails allows us time to talk with Qod." 

Sometimes the vesper trail leads to Whisnant Memorial Chapel, the Temple of Silence, the Altar 
of Peace, the Shepherd Stone terrace, the Lawn to the rear of Efird Hall, the beautiful stone terrace 
to the rear of Efird Hall made possible with funds supplied by the S.C. United Lutheran Church 
Women, and on and on the trails lead. 

Someone has said "Altar fires are here kindled, and kept aglow in the valley and along the heights. 
The Vesper service affords light at eventide. There is girding for a new day at MORNING WATCH. 
There is the prompting of high hopes at the Lakeside Vespers. To be in the mountains with the 
Master— there is nothing like it!" 

Vespers to rear of Efird 

Morning watch and daily devo- 
tions were a regular part of life 
at Lutheridge. Linda Nichols, 
Sanford, ft.C. Is the camper. 

The Altar of Peace 


The Lutheridge Cross at Lake Thome. 

Boy Scouts 


Boy Scouts and 

Lutheran Men 

Lutheran Boy Scouts and Leaders Schott and Johnson from the northern District of the M.C. 
Lutheran Synod spent a week on the grounds in 1950 near the intersection of Laurel Circle at 
Alpha Village. A short time thereafter in 1951, they held a Scout Retreat in the woods across from 
the Wilderness Camp under the direction of Mr. Aubrey Mauney, Director of Scouting for M.C. 
Lutheran Brotherhood, along with Mr. Beach Keller and Roger Adkins. This event has taken place 
each summer and countless number of Scouts have had a rewarding experience. 

Flag lowering ceremonies. 

Ninth Annual 




Lutheridge Scout Retreat 

AJ Lutheran sponsored troops are invited. This 
includes Scouts and Explorers who are members 
of other religious groups but members of Luther- 

Each Troop should come prepared to present a 
skit or stunt at the Camp Fire Program. On ar- 
rival present outline or plans to Director Activities 

§&*£ 9B ^Ns^Bisr?^ 

an sponsored troops. Lutheran Scouts in non-Lu> 

for approval. 

Arden, N. C. 

theran troops may join up with Lutheran Troops. 

Scouters and families may find rooms in Lodge 


^WMJ^k . huBK^Pj 5*\^E? 

or motels nearby and meals at Lutheridge dining 

Au--st 19,20,21, I960 


'_■ — Staple and canned food for all meals. 

3 — Each unit will be expected to bring all equip- 
ment needed for three day camp — tents, cook 
gear, etc. 
3 — All units bring troop flags to be placed in 

Best Skit or Stunt 

Best Scout Graft Exhibit 

Cleanest Camp Site 


Friday, Augurt 19 

Arrive at Lutheridge 

PI ■ m W M 

BSrt^L'^fi^r" •T^^'*™ r 

Avenue of Flags. 

Check in — Camp sites assigned 

J^SS^^^^^^^HBflBB^ ^ 

4 — Personal equipment is optional except each 


person attending Lutheridge Retreat should bring 
suitable clean clothes for changes — a uniform 
for ceremonies and Sunday Service. 

5 — Come prepared for three day camp. 

— You may want to bring emblem, souvenirs, 
etc.. to trade with other Scouts. (It's fun.) 

7 — Swimming suit and towels. 

700: P. M. 

Scoutmasters. Explorer Advisors and 
Senior Patrol Leaders Conference. 

8:30 P. M. 
Camp Fire Ceremony — All units 
Welcome to Lutheridge 

8 — Buglers bring their bugles, Drummers bring 

Devotional Closing Service-— 

their drums. 

10:30 P. M. 


All Lutheran Scouts are called together for the 


annual round-up and program for three days 

Sulurday, August 20th 


jammed w:.h fun. work and insp:ratioii. 

Registration fee. Sl-00. for each adult and Scout 

6:00 Reveille 

should be mailed no later than August 10th. 

Bc-autiful wooded camp sites on lake in special 


00-8:00 Breakfast and Clean-up 

August 21. I960 

area reserved (or Scout Troops with leaders. Wa- 



05-8:30 Flag Raising and Assembly 

in, sanirary facilities and wood lor camp fires 

p.cvided iBring your own axe.l Daily delivery of 

Director Scout Activities 
91 Arthur Road 


30-9:00 Leaders Meeting 



bread and dairy products. Troops may buy what 
they need. Drinks and candy at Camp Post Cook- 

Asheville. N. C. 


00 Campcnee Events, Recreation, and 

7:00-8:00 Breakfast 

ing :heHers available. 

Beautiful Retreat Emblem will be presented to 

12:30-2:00 Lunch and Rest Period 


Assembly and present colors 

each Scout and Scouter registered. Registration 
covers this and general conference camp, clean 

2:00-5:00 Camporee Events. Recreation 
and Swimming- 


March to Lake 
Sunday School at lake 

DR J LEWIS THORNBURG. Director Lutheridge 

up. etc. 


00-7:45 Supper and clean-up 

Dr J. L. Thornburg — Teacher 

AUBREY MAUNEY, Director Scouting 

Indicate on application letter Troop No. Sponsor- 
ing Institution, Address, Names of Adult Leaders, 


45 Assembly Call 


Worship Service 

JOE BLAND. Retreat Director 

Names and Ages each Scout 


00 Skits and Stunts 

Sermon: "Onward for God" 

A. C. BOWMAN, Director Activities 

Your co-operation by getting this information In 

Devotion Closing Service — 

Rev Claude V. Deal 

REV. CLAUDE V. DEAL, Chaplain 

will help make a better program. 

10:30 Taps 


Lunch and break camp 

The leaflet for the ninth Annual Retreat will record something of the type of program which these scouts and their leaders have shared. 



The patch issued each season. 

Sunday School held at the Lakeside each Sunday morning before going In silent proces- 
sion to the Chapel for Sunday worship. 

"A long road from boyhood to manhood. It is vitally impor- 
tant what happens between here & there . . . now and then." 

Scouting is concerned with the in-between— knowing that 
much care must be given HOW if God is to have a worker 

The trail up the hill to Whtsnant Chapel 
for Sunday Worship. 

Building a signal tower. 



Luther Lodge 

A Lutheran Summer Assembly should have a building named for Luther. The building was designed 
by the architect to serve as an apartment for the Executive Director and his family during the sum- 
mer months. At a later date it would be headquarters for the Program Director. 

The unit provides lodging for sixty-four persons, having two sections with connecting bathroom 
facilities; a long porch connecting this unit with another, divided by two rooms with private bath; 
the second unit is similar to the first, and to the left with a small porch and three bedrooms with 
a group bathroom. Contributions received from Sunday Schools throughout the owning synods 
was used in paying for the cost of constructing this building. 

The porch and entrance into Luther Lodge. 

Two girls in one of the cottages 

The east wing of Luther Lodge. 


Pass In Review?*-- For uther»dge 

(A program about Lutheridge 
prepared by Betty Rico especially for South Carolina Luther Leaguers.) 


The devotions for this program arc built around learning and teaching 
since that is what Lutheridge will be used for. 

A Pageant 

Those Luther Leaguers, young people of the owning synods, full of adventure, enthusiasm, dedica- 
tion, and generosity, joined in a "Penny parade for Lutheridge". A pageant, written by Miss Betty 
Rice, and presented at many different locations and occasions, raised funds to construct this recrea- 
tional building known as "Rec. Hall" — a needed and functional structure, provided accommoda- 
tions for a variety of events during any given week at Lutheridge. A large spacious assembly on 
the first floor with a large stone chimney at the east end and large open windows around the entire 
building, made an ideal gathering place for night's doings. Restrooms and a snack bar we.e also 
on the first floor and tables and equipment for a diversifed craft program. Hats off to the Luther 

The Luther League Committee for this building had met at Lutheridge and on the way to our 
home in Hickory going down Old Fort Mountain, Jeanette Coyner asked me to offer a prayer of 
thanksgiving for the success of our project. Others may have forgotten this, but I have not; for 
this was the first time I offered a prayer under similar circumstances. 



Six Family 

Type Cottages 

Provisions were made for lodging in six FAMILY TYPE COTTAGES, which were built with funds pro- 
vided by the following: 



Ketner Cottage by Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ketner, Sr., Salisbury, N.C. 

The Shenk Memorial Cottage, given by Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Mauney, Kings Mountain, N.C. 

as a Memorial for Mrs. Mauney's father and mother, the Rev. and Mrs. E. A. Shenk of 

Greensboro, N.C, long time participants and supporters of Lutheran Summer School for 

Church Workers. 

The Hal Aderholdt Memorial Cottage, given by Mr. Miles Aderholdt, Henry River, N.C, in 

MEMORY of his brother Hal Aderholdt. 

The Cansler Cottage, given by Mrs. Ernest Cansler, Lincolnton, N.C. 

The Barger Cottage, given by Mr. Paul Barger, Statesville, n.C. 

The Fox Cottage given by Mr. Carl Fox and Mr. Luther Moss of Hickory, N.C., a long time 

friend and neighbor of Chairman Whisnant. 

Mr. Eckard, brother-in-law of Chairman Whisnant was the contractor for these six units. 

The Ketner Cottage. 

The Hal Aderholdt Memorial Cottage. 





The Caretaker's Residence was the first year-round facility to be erected on the Assembly Grounds 
and was first occupied by Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Coon. Most of the framing materials for the dwelling 
were provided by Mr. John Beam, Cedar Qrove Lutheran Church. Many others provided various kinds 
of materials, such as roofing, nails, windows and money. In later years when occupied one week 
during Senior Citizens Week by Dr. and Mrs. R. A. Goodman, the residence was named "Merry Knoll". 

The residence was located near the main entrance for protective reasons. 

The Coons occupied Aderholdt Cottage while the building was being erected. 

The Board of Trustees hired Mr. Grover Frady whose home and property was adjacent to land 
owned by the Assembly to serve as a non-resident caretaker. Mis salary was paid by the treasurer 
of the Corporation. Mr. Coon and Mr. frady worked as a team, with Mr. Frady's responsibilities be- 
ing much more extensive. Grover, as he was known to all of us, had a green thumb and much of 
the beautification, the shrubs, the rose gardens, the hydraniums, the care of the forest, the clean- 
ing and care of buildings, all of these and much, much more, including repairs, both electrical 
and plumbing could classify Mr. Grover as a "handy-man plus". All of us owe a lot to this one 

When Mr. and Mrs. Coon retired, the trustees enlarged the caretaker's residence and hired Mr. 
Herbert Volkert to fill the vacancy. Mr. and Mrs. Volkert and their two children, Pam and Danny 
moved into the residence the early part of the 60s. 

Mr. and Mrs. Coon 





The name "Leadership Hall" was given to this building to focus attention on the top priority for 
establishing Lutheridge, namely, LEADERSHIP TRAIMriQ FOR THE ENTIRE Church family. How many 
times the word got around, "We are not establishing another college or theological seminary here". 

This is the only two-story structure in the master plans. It was planned for lodging with a variety 
of room arrangements. There are single rooms with adjoining bath; private rooms with bath; dou- 
ble rooms with adjoining bath; and one large room, accommodating eight or more persons. 

Furnishings for all of the rooms in the unit were given by individuals and so marked, and if as 
a memorial, so marked. 

A large number of friends provided funds for furnishing the bedrooms, some as gifts honoring 
or in MEMORY of loved ones. Mr. Ralph Bowman of Hickory Chair Company made a very generous 
gift of beautiful, upholstered chairs for a number of the bedrooms. 

Small plates on each door designates the one who provided for the furnishings. 

Rev. J. Virgil Long, assisting Miss Marie Heinsohn up the steps 



Beam Cottage 

This was the first cottage built by Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Lincolnton, M.C., and used by 
members and friends for a number of years became available for sale. It was purchased by the 
Board of Trustees with funds which had been given over the years by Mr. Dewey Beam of St. John's 
Lutheran Church, Cherryville, and is now named "Beam Cottage." Mr. Beam was likewise a consis- 
tent contributor to the car and truck fund which Mr. E. J. Sox, St. Andrews, Hickory had spearhead- 
ed from the beginning of Lutheridge. 


Gosler Cottage 

This cottage was built and owned by the Dr. K. W. Kinard Family of Columbia, S.C. After the for- 
mation of the Lutheran Church in America, synodical presidents were encouraged to own their 
own homes and so the Kinard cottage at Lutheridge was offered for sale. 

The Board of Trustees purchased the residence and used it for a number of seasons for overflow 
groups. The Trustees took favorable action to call an associate for Pastor Thornburg. When the 
Rev. Dexter Moser accepted the call, this dwelling was enlarged. Mr. Deems Haltiwanger who owned 
the adjoining lot donated this to the Assembly to effect the expansion. Funds for the initial pur- 
chase of the cottage by Lutheridge were provided by gifts through the years by Mr. J. W. Gosler, 
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Lenoir, N.C., and was later named the "Gosler Cottage." The Mosers 
only occupied the residence for a few years. 


H fie H Cottage 
Carla Cottage 

Additional lodging space was made available to Lutheridge by long-time participants and supporters 
of the Church's Christian Leadership Training Program on a synodical level as well as the joint ef- 
forts of the owning synods. The two dwellings, located between Luther Lodge and Leadership Hall 
were given by friends in Columbia, S.C., and were named the "H & H" and the "Carlan cottages 
respectively from right to left. 

Carfa Cottage given by Mrs. Carrie Wlsepape 
and Miss Laura Haltiwanger. 

H and ti Cottage 





This attractive building of wood and stone stands as a symbol of the devotional life which is 
cultivated and deepened during one's stay here. 

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Whisnant gave the building as a memorial for their daughter, Doris. The 
Chapel was formally opened for worship Sunday afternoon, June 14, 1953. The Rev. Dwight Con- 
rad, pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Hickory, read the lessons and offered prayers. 

The Rev. S. White Rhyne, Executive Secretary of the Parish and Church School Board of the ULCA, 
delivered the sermon on "From whence commeth our help?" 

The offertory solo, the 81st Psalm was rendered by the Rev. Douglas Fritz, pastor of Mt. Hebron 
Lutheran Church, Hildebran. The Act of Dedication was led by Executive Director Thornburg. 

A number of donors provided furnishings for the Chapel: 6, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

At a later date an Allen organ was donated by Mr. and Mrs. J. Rankin Parks in honor of their 
daughter, Serena. An organ recital was given at the time of the dedication. 

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The attractive Main Entrance Date, of wood and stone, is completed. This project was made possible through contributions of campers 
and other Interested friends during the summers of 1953 and 1954. May all those who enter find rich blessings tn Christian Community 
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Another project of the campers 


Someone said, "Camping without swimming is not camping.'' We think the seniors in this photo 
would agree. They had to be transported to Royal Pines Swimming Pool during their first week at 
Lutheridge. These and others had to wait patiently until funds were available for the construction 
of our own lake on Kimsey Creek. 

Several strong springs at the foot of Crescent Hills supplied the water and as years passed the 
banks of the stream became matted with vines and many small trees, all of which had to be cleared 
before the contractor would come in with his equipment. Qrover Frady, R.A. Coon, Mr. Jones and 
his faithful and gentle horse and myself, performed this time-consuming and difficult task. 

Mr. Ray Kluttz, Organ Lutheran Church had the contract to clear the basin of deep sediment and 
then to haul in dirt to build the dam which provides a foundation for the sewer and water lines 
as well as impounding the water for the lake. 

The cleared basin, with Kimsey's water slowly flowing. 

Group of swimmers at Royal Pines swimming pool. 


The dam completed and the basin began filling. 

Sand was hauled In and spread for a beach for beginners. 

The completed job with Orouer's hydrangeas adding beauty. 


Mission Hall 

United Lutheran Church Women of the owning synods, supporters and participants in the programs 
and activities at Lutheridge, provided funds with which to erect this beautiful, unique and func- 
tional building located between Efird Hall and the Whisnant Memorial Chapel. The gifts were to 
honor and memorialize missionaries who had gone out of the area to serve the Church in its 
worldwide ministry. 

It was called "MISSON HALL" for it was to stand as a constant symbol of world missions. A large 
assembly with a stage and platform up front, a porch extending across the east side, a powder 
room, the conference room with rustic stone fireplace, a small kitchen, two finished bedrooms with 
connecting bath furnished by Mrs. Doris Thornburg and Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Cannon, where return- 
ing missionaries and guests from foreign lands could be accommodated and another twin bedroom 
which served temporarily as a class room. A porch from the main entrance extended to the end 
of the building. There was a prayer room, rest rooms and a storage unit with a concrete floor ex- 
tending the full length of the unit and was used for classes and group meetings. 

In the foyer is a statue of the Christ with extended arms, inviting all to come unto Him — and 
around this octagonal arrangement were the words of the Great Commission. The statue was a 
gift of the United Church Women of St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, Charleston, S.C. 

The presidents of the owning synods, along with the Executive Director, participated in the dedica- 
tion ceremonies with Mrs. John B. Moose, President of the United Lutheran Church Women deliver- 
ing the dedicatory message. She said in part, "The purpose for which this building has been designed 
and given is that all who come here may catch a vision. Qo into all the world and as they come 
into contact with our missionaries and nationals, this will enable us to see that we are all brothers 
and sisters in Christ Jesus." 

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Lutheridge, Ard<-n, N. C. 
JULY 6lh. 1956 ~ 3:00 P.M. 


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Left to right: Mrs. J. B. Moose, Thornburg, Kinard, Conrad. 


Pioneer Camp 

Boy Scout Retreats under the sponsorship of north Carolina Men had grown and expanded over 
the years. These men provided funds with which to build a number of permanent shelters in an 
area near Lake Lewthorne, and later to be designated as "Pioneer Camp". Funds were provided 
by this same group of men to erect a number of lean-tos across the lake in an area to be marked, 
"Outdoor Camping" with bathrooms and shower facilities for both men and women. 

Lodging facilities on "the Hill" were being taxed and many were being turned away from some 
of the summer sessions. A Lutheran layman, H. D. nilson, Walterboro, S.C., approached me at a 
meeting of the Lutheran Synod of South Carolina being held that year in Charleston. "Pastor Thorn- 
burg, by the time our people get their reservations sent we are advised that there are no vacan- 
cies. What can we do to change this?" Our response was prompt and simple, "Provide some money 
to erect cabins in the Pioneer Camp area." Mr. nilson was equally prompt and with his gifts, the 
first cabin was built. The word spread and friend after friend came forward with support and we 
are pleased to list their names herewith. In addition to Mr. nilson: 

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Schaefer, Church of the Ascension, Savannah, Georgia. 

Schroder Cabin given in loving memory of their Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claus Schroder, and 

an uncle, Merman Schroder by Lillie Schroder Schwalbe and Annie Schroder Sisichlo, St. Paul's 

Lutheran Church, Savannah, Qa. 

Hugh E. Fritts, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Hickory, n.C. 

J. E. Fisher, Wittenberg Lutheran Church, Granite Quarry, n.C. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Triece, Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, n.C. 

Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Goodman, St. John's Lutheran Church, Salisbury, n.C. 

Mr. H. D. Fry, Sr., St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Hickory, n.C. 

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ketner, Sr., St. John's Lutheran Church, Salisbury, n.C. 

Boy Scout Shelters 

Mary Wise (counsellor) and Mary Kopin (camper) 

Bishop Hans Lilje speaking to campers 





Invitations and announcements were sent out to members and friends that the lake and Lakeside 
Pavillion had been finished and in use, and it was time for the Dedication Ceremonies. This celebra- 
tion took place on July 3, 1958 at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. 

Mrs. Thad Harrison, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Charlotte provided funds for both facilities and 
requested that the lake be called "Lake Lewthorne ". Her request is preserved in her own handwriting. 

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Pastor Thornburg. 

Pastor Thornburg presiding at the dedication of Lake Lewthorn 
and the Lakeside Lodge. At his right are Pastor Bernard Trexler 
and Dr. Karl Kinard. 

Water Festival under direction of Syluia Wyrick, member of the 

Edwin VanPoole, Salisbury Waterfront Director at the Buddy Board 

Swimming for beginners & intermediates during another season 
at Lutheridge. 


The Pioneer Camp area was developed in two areas. A recreational area with Softball diamond 
and a flag pole serves as a gathering for the two groups for flag raising and lowering ceremonies 
as well as assemblies for other activities in which the two groups were involved. 

A large structure, with both sides open, a fireplace and chimney at one end and living quarters, 
a snack bar with a utility room at the opposite end. A large bell, a gift of the Southern Railway 
was placed on a firm stand at this end of the building to be called Unit Lodge. Two loyal, generous 
friends from the Columbia, S.C, area, Mr. Hart Kohn Jr., and Mr. Ed Cave, solicited funds from friends 
in the area to pay for construction of this unit. 

The same pattern of erecting small cabins like those previously mentioned for the boys area. 
We proudly and gratefully list their names: 

Dr. L. R. Zimmerman, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, High Point, N.C. 

Members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, High Point, N.C. 

Mrs. Cora Bostian Cray, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Asheville, N.C. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Voight, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Summerville, S.C. 

Mrs. Charles Sleigh, Ebenezar Lutheran Church, Columbia, S.C. 

Mrs. Thad L. Harrison, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Charlotte, N.C. 

Mr. J. B. Baker, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Charlotte, N.C. 

Mrs. E. O. Black and daughter, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Columbia, S.C. 

The Lorick Cabin, by members of the Lorick Bible Class, 

Church of the Resurrection, Augusta, Qa. 

Mrs. J. C. Johnson and family, Bethany Lutheran Church, Hickory, N.C. 
These eleven small cabins provided lodging for 152 campers and nineteen counsellors or a total 
of 171 persons. 


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Unit Lodge 


Memorial Hall 

The second stage of the Lineberger Memorial Dining Hall- Kitchen is completed with a seating capac- 
ity of over five hundred persons, including the private dining area. 

The spacious and attractively furnished lounge with chimney and fireplace with bronze plaque 
above, all incites warm and friendly fellowship before meal time or at any time one should choose 
to linger there. 

In addition to providing facilities for preparing and serving delicious meals, the building now 
provides large storage space on the lower level. Beyond this area is a bookstore and a snack bar. 
The lengthy veranda on the first floor along with a porch at the west end of the building provides 
accommodations for those who enjoy rocking chairs for relaxation. 

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Two O'clock 

The Rev. J Lewis Thornbunr, D.D., 


HYMN— "Holy. Holy, Lord God Al 

Versicles and R< 

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of the Father, and of the Son, 
n the name of the Lord. 

nd of the Holy Gh u; 


I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills. 

From whence cometh my help. 
How amiable are Thy tabernacles. O Lord of hosts! 

My soul longeth, yea even fainteth for the courts of the Lo 
Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. 

Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in 
ria Patri 

The Scripti 

The Dedicatory Message 

the United \ 

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Lessons and Prayer Rev. Cyrus Frazier. Pastor 

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Mt. Holly. N. C. 
"Love Hivine, All Love Excelling" 

F. L. Conrad. D.D., President of 
ngelical Synod of North Carolina 
Music by Staff Quartette 

of Dedication Rev. Bernard Trexler. Pastor of 

St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Asheville; and 
Chairman of the Lutheridtre Board of Trustees 


This Building 

is [riven 

To The Glory of God 

and in Loving Memory of 

Abel Caleb Lineberger 

Martha Jane I Hipp I Lineberger 
By Their Children 
Archibald Lineberger' Elisabeth Ramberg 

Henry Lineberger Martha Brand 

Harold Lineberger Frances McDonald 

Joseph Lineberger 
'Deceased Dedicated July 2nd. 1958 

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: All Our God" 

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Lineberger Foundation 

Belmont, North Carolina 

July I Oth, 1958. 

Dr. J. Lewis Thornburg, 
Executive Director, 
Luther idge, I nc . , 
Arden, North Carolina. 

Dear Dr. Thornburg: 

July 2nd was a pleasant day for all of us. 

We enjoyed the sp.lendid program that you had arranged 
for the Dedication Exercises, as well as the nice meal 
that had been prepared. 

As you already know, we are happy to have a part In your 
Lutheridge program. We are not only pleased with the way 
you and your Trustees have planned and spent the funds we 
have made available for the Dining Hall, but we are also 
pleased with the overall planning and administration of 
Luther idge. 

You have our continuing good wishes. 

Sincerely yours 

ml a J . Ha 

& uy& s Xj^^Q\^ 

Reading from right to left: Dr. Harold Lineberger, Mrs. Joseph 
Lineberger, Mr. Joseph Lineberger— and Mr. Henry Lineberger, 
and Executive Director, J. Lewis Thornburg. 

A capacity crowd of diners enjoying one of those good meals 
which Mrs. E. A. Moore (Aunt Grace) and her staff are famous 
for serving. 

The lounge, looking into the dining hall. 





At last, after nine long years of waiting, living in Hickory and working at Lutheridge during the 
early spring, summer and fall, Pastor and Mrs. Thornburg moved into this wood and stone dwell- 
ing, so well planned and arranged by architect Carroll Abee for relaxed and gracious living. 

The main entrance to the right leads to a den, powder room and fireplace, then into the kitchen, 
with modern equipment, a serving area and an outside door. 

Going to the left you enter the hall, the spacious living room and dining area with doors and 
windows opening onto a porch. A stone chimney and open fireplace adds warmth and liveability 
to this part of the residence. As you enter another hallway, a guest bedroom is to your right and 
a bathroom to the left. As you proceed further, you enter a door leading into the master bedroom 
with private bath. 

On the ground level, there is a large room which lends itself to large groups, with an open fireplace, 
a well-proportioned area for the pastor's office and a study. And adjoining that, the furnace and 
utility rooms. 

Exterior of the residence showing the double garage. 

The group assembled for the opening and dedication of the 


The participants in the dedicatory service with Pastor Thornburg 
at the lectern. Dr. R. D. Wood, who delivered the address, the Rev. 
L. C. Bumgarner, the Rev. W. C. Boliek, and Mr. C. Miller Sigmon, 
Chairman of the Board of Trustees. 

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Scenes of the interior of dwelling. 


Cora Sifford 

Shepherd Stone 


The Cora Sifford Shepherd Terrace between Luther Lodge and Leadership Mall was erected with 
funds left to Lutheridge in her estate. We remember her as a daughter of J. R. Sifford, Secretary 
for the First Sunday School Convention, marking the beginning of our story. 

A vesper service is held on this terrace as a part of the devotional life of those who come here 
for a spiritual enrichment. 

This landscaping and beautiful stone work was done by Mr. Edgar Coleman, Asheville and fac- 
ing the Henry A. Lineberger Swimming Pool. 


Craft Lodge 

The need for enlarged facilities for the Craft program at Lutheridge became evident as the atten- 
dance increased year after year. As in the past, Qod raised up friends to supply the funds for such 
a need. Mrs. Beidenmiller, her daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Bacott were the 
friends who made the construction of "Beide Craft Lodge" become a reality. 

On August 22nd. 1962 at three o'clock a service of dedication was held when the F.ev. Vernon 
Frazier, pastor of St. Mathews Lutheran Church, Charleston, S.C., delivered the message. A good- 
ly number of persons were present for the srvice. The future of an expanding craft program at 
Lutheridge was now assured. 

Front row: I. to r., Mrs. W. R. Bacott, her mother, Mrs. Beidenmiller; 
back row: I. to r., Walter H. Bacott and Executive Director Thornburg. 




We often remarked, "Each building on the grounds of the Lutheran Assembly has its own unique 
story to tell." 

If there is any truth to the phrase "a little child shall lead them", then this building stands as 
a testimony to that remark. A father, mother and a little daughter, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Schumpert, 
and daughter Helen Marie, members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville, S.C., were thrilled with 
joy and excitement in providing the funds for this distinctive building dedicated to children for 
their instruction and growth in Christian faith. 

The bulletin for this service of dedication will serve as a source of interesting information about 
the beginning and the culmination of the project. 


Thf Rfv. I Lkwis THOTtNHURO. DT).. Executive Director Pit 


Piano Prfm t,f Miss Knrhia Ishida, 
Member or l9ftS T.mheridgc 


Hymn— "Benmtrul Saviour" 

Jhz £±>EXuia£. (Df Judication 

WR.SUn.FS ANF. Rfsi-onsks— 

Fn the name <>l the Father and of the Son. and of the Holy Ghost. 

CnLLdxsni. c^fctiuLtu Buddina 


The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thrrvnf; 

The world and they that dwell therein. 
For He hath founded it upon the seas; 

And established it upon thr floods. 
Who shall ascend into thr lull of the Lord} 

Or u-ho shall stand in his holy place? 
He that hath clean hands, and a pine heart: 

Who hath not lifted op his soul onto imuity. not worn 
Lift up your heads. O \-f gates, and he \e lift up. ye everlasting 

And the King of gloiy shall come in. 
Who is this King of glory: 

Thr Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle 
Lift up your heads. O ye gates. ei>cn hit them up. ye everlasting 

And the King of glory shall emne in. 

Glory be to the lather, and to the Sou. and fo the Holy Ghost; 
As it teas in the beginning is now and ever shall be. Amen. 


iHf Sckiiti're I.f.was avi> PrayRRs The Rev. |. Mihon Friik, 
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Anderson. 


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Si'Hiu. Mrsit— God Mess This House" Miss |anice Weaver, H. 
Mr. David Ronl", Greenwood, 
Members of I%.f l.mheridge 

Thk Dkdicatori \h«M.i The Rev. Marcus Oiierbein, Philad 
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Hymn— "Now thank vtv all oui God" 

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Kohnjoy Inn 

Someone once remarked, It is a short distance from the Conference Room in Mission Hall to Kohn- 
joy Inn; but a longer period in time". Miss Erin and Miss Nell Kohn had expressed interest in 
Lutheridge by furnishing the Conference Room in Mission Hall in memory of their parents. Their 
interest was kept alive through contact and ultimately these two dear friends and their brother 
Mr. Hart Kohn Sr., and his wife provided the financing for this spacious, comfortable and attrac- 
tive motel-type building. The contractor was Mr. George Burgin Morrow who was a contractor for 
a number of buildings on the Assembly Grounds. There are sixteen connecting bedrooms with private 
bath in each, two double beds in each room, carpeted floors, and electrically heated. The south 
end of the building has a comfortable lounge with stone fireplace, wide windows and sliding doors 
and a porch to the rear. In this same area is a registration desk and a snack bar and one bedroom 
with private bath for the host and hostess. Beneath the lounge area is a completely furnished kit- 
chen and a dining area to accommodate approximately sixty four people— again with an attrac- 
tive stone fireplace. There are public rest rooms, and a linen closet on the second floor. The building 
is classified as a complete functional unit, giving Lutheridge it's most prestigious building. 

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Wesslnger, Melandie Kohn, and Patricia Kohn. 

Miss Erin Kohn speaking during the dedication ceremonies of 
Kohnjoy Inn. 


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DONORS of the new Kohn-Joy Inn at Lutheridge pole before the structure following in 
dedication at the Lutheran assembly grounds on June 14. Shown left to right, they ere 
' Miss Nell Kohn, Mr. and Mrs. Hart Kohn, Sr., and Miss Erin Kohn, all of Columbia, S. C. Dr. 
J. Lewis Thornburg (in clerical robe) conducted the service of blessing as executive director 
of Lutheridge. 

Lutheridge Opens New Building 

Lutheridge dedicated its newest structure, 
an 18-unit motel-type building, at a special 
dedicatory service held on the Lutheran assem- 
bly grounds on June 14. 

Kohn-Joy Inn represents a new type of 
facility for Lutherans staying at Lutheridge. 
In contrast with bunk-style quarters typical 
of Lutheridge and other summer assemblies, 
the new inn features private rooms (or suites) 
with wall-to-wall carpeting, lounge chairs and 
individual baths. Each room has two double 
beds, and the cost of the room ($9 for two) 
includes bed linen, towels, soap, and the 
other supplies (except TV) typical of a motel 

When fully furnished, the building will out- 
do most first-class motels,- it will have an ad- 
jacent kitchen and dining room under the 
same roof as the rooms. The food service, 
however, is not available yet; to keep in 
harmony with the "no debt" Lutheridge 
policy, the kitchen and dining room will be 
completed when funds are made available. 

Kohn-Joy Inn is too plush for the youthful, 
adverturesome camper, but it does meet a 
Lutheridge need It offers the comfort many 
vacationing adults seek even when attending 
one of the adult weeks at Lutheridge. With 

its individual heating units in each roorrj/ 
the inn also offers facilities for small Luther- 
idge retreats, even during weekends in the 
cold winter. 

Its dedication was a "high-water mark" in 
the history of Lutheridge, Executive Director J, 
Lewis Thornburg told the 200 Lutherans as- 
sembled in the Lutheridge chapel for the 
special service. 

Plans for such a building date back to the 
pre-Lutheridge era, he said. The need for 
other types of buildings and the lack of 
funds for an inn delayed its erection. 

The couple memorialized in the name of 
the building were "two singing hearts", said 
Dr. James Kinard, former president of New- 
berry college and a close friend of Arthur 
H. and Mary Birge Kohn (rhymes with Don). 
"They were two devoted servants to Christ 
who knew how to spread joy", he added. 

Mr, Kohn, founder of a large insurance 
company in Columbia, S. C, was a trustee of 
Newberry college for 30 years and treasurer 
of the South Carolina synod for 22 years. 

The fact that Mrs. Kohn "was always in her 
pew at St. Paul's church and during the week 
walked with God in her treasured garden" 
was recalled by a next-door neighbor, Mrs. 
T. B. Stackhouse of Columbia. 

Special recognition was given during the 
•ervice to the three children of Mr, and Mrs. 
Kohn who gave the building: Hart Kohn, Sr., 
and Misses Erin and Nail Kohn, all of Co- 

Also introduced were the architect (D. 
Carroll Abee of Hickory), the buildar (Geerge 
Burgin Morrow of Ashaville), and the chair- 
man of th« Lutheridge board of truitees (C. 
Millar Sigmon of Morganton). 

Following tha worship service, the congre- 
gation processed to the inn for the unveJling 
of the memorial placque, led by Dr. Thorn- 
burg and the service liturgiit, the Rev. Carroll 
Weisinger, pastor of Nativity church at Arden. 

Guests arriving at Kohnjoy Inn. 



Camp and 
Bischoff Youth 

Mr. J. C. W. Bischoff, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Charleston, S.C. had sent contributions in 
response to the Annual Thanksiving-Christmas Appeal though he and Mrs. Bischoff had never 
visited here. Their children insisted that they come and see, and registered them for Senior Citizens 
Week. They came, they saw and Lutheridge won. Shortly after their arrival, Mr. Bischoff asked 
if we had time to show them over the grounds— and of course we were happy to accommodate 
them. In the Lutheridge Plymouth station wagon, we slowly began the drive pointing out things 
of interest. When we arrived in front of the Childrens, Activity Building, Mr. Bischoff was quite 
interested and as we drove away he asked, "Pastor Thornburg, what do you need now?" We passed 
Unit Lodge and stopped at the location where Wilderness Camp was being developed. "We need 
the central unit to provide program facilities for those who would be housed in the five small 
cabins." Mr. and Mrs. Bischoff did not hesitate very long to give their response to this need. A 
pertinent question: "What will it cost?" The response: "We will provide the necessary funds." 

A photo of the exterior facing Laurel Drive. 

When Wilderness Camp was opened, plans were made to construct SEVEN small type cot- 
tages similar to those In the Pioneer Area, rive of these were completed, providing lodging 
for eight campers plus one adult leader. 

1. Graham-Linn, given by Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Oraham, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, China 
drove, m MEMORY of their parents. 

2. Llpe, given by Miss Josephine Lipe, Trinity Lutheran Church, Landls, N.C., 

3. Dreher, given by Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Dreher, Sr. Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Columbia, S.C, 

4. Sam Sox, given by members and friends of First Lutheran Church, Oreensboro, under 
the leadership of Vance Eller, a member of the congregation. 

5. Zimmerman, given in MEMORY of Dr. L.R. Zimmerman, by members and friends of Em- 
manuel Lutheran Church, high Point, N.C, 

Qifts were also given by Mr. and Mrs. Deems Haltiwanger, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Col- 
umbia, S.C, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Rudlsill, St. John's Lutheran Church, Cherryvllle, N.C, and 
others In order to complete the project. 

Jt to * 
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Rev. and Mrs. J. Virgil Long who served 
as the program directors with some of 
the campers. 


of tt» 

Wilderness Camp Bui/dings 

IwlifMdiR Milt. S. C. 


1966 On our very first visit to this place with the Rev. J. L. Morris and his family, we hoped to find a 

Oscar Pitts stream gushing out of the springs on the crest of the plateau. Instead, we found a large yellow 

Memorial Water J ackets nest 

rouniain As y ears p asse d, we still longed for that stream flowing through the property, and so the idea 

of a fountain and a miniature waterfall surfaced. The first treasurer, Mr. Oscar Pitts had died and 
a more fitting memorial could not be erected in his memory. 

The water fountain with a rustic wooden structure and the short waterfall is located between 
Efird Mall and the Lineberger Memorial Dining Hall-Kitchen. 



u / floord, Morfanton, ,V C 

Mimical PnitM 

of the 

Ihi Isi.xl.tiu- The Re. J While Iddingi U D 
7»jiilul.o»ol Chaplain, /lurliam, S C 

HVHM, Th.i .1 Mi Fathibi Wmu" 

Oscar Pitts 

Memorial Water fountain 

tulheridgt Assembly 

Uur help i> in Ihc name ol Ihc Lord 

Who made hea.en and earth 
Pianc Ihe Lord, lor ihc Lord ii good, 

will tall upon ihc Name ol ihc Lord, 

For ihc Limb which it in ihc mulii ol the throne dull lead 
ihcm unto loontam. ol waler. 
(.Inr) Ik ni ihc Fiihcr. and 10 ihc Son and in Ihc tUunl; 
Ai il wa> in Ihc beginning ii now and no dull be. world 

H.vv Turn ii > FnnyrAiH" 

Arden. H C. 

Unim •> Rkhu »n Piiiii The Rei Bernard Tinier, patioi 
Trinity Lutheran Church. Greenville. S. C 

DnnuTinv MnUCI The Rr. Albert Keck. Jr. D D Pauor 
Si Andrew. Lutheran Churrh. Hickory. N C 

ol Board ol Trance. 

Tm Rrrr o. Dr.nic.Tin-. The Rev J Lewii Thomburg, D 
F.eroli.c D.rerlnr. Lolhnidjpr 

THE FOUNTAIN 11 jpien by member) ol the limily ind Iricndi m 
loving MEMORV ol a devoted and laiher. an deemed 
ciliren jnd i good neighbor. OSCAR W PITTS 

A nun who icned Id. Church. State and Community with unturned 
devniion jnd loyally. A Sutr Lcgi.laloi MrmbcT ol Suit Highway 

euabl.diing ihc Ludieran Aucmbh Ciuundi Lulhrndgr. i 
I9H. He wa. a delegate to ihc De. Moinei Convention ol 

The miuk ol ihc tpheri 

Th.i ii 


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He .hi 


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O lei r 

Thai though ihe wrong teem 

Th.i ii 

Why d 

God re 


lei -he earth be ,1a 




fountain Idled wil 


And sir 


Loote a 

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Son ol Man 


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ol my 


my joy my i 


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Lord ol the 

Son ol Cod 


and horn. 

pra.te aiforat. 

The Pitts family. 

Thornburg, Keck, Iddings, Slgmon. 


Swimming Pool 

The growth in weekly attendance was taxing the capacity that the health department had establish- 
ed for the lake to be used for swimming and the time for building a swimming pool to supple- 
ment the facilities at the lake was here. How excited we were to be advised by the Lineberger Foun- 
dation that they would finance this project in honor of Henry Abel Lineberger, a long-time in- 
terested and generous friend of Lutheridge. How pleased and delighted we were that this happen- 
ed during my administration and Mr. Lineberger's lifetime. 

Scene at the lake 

The pool 

gS^s,' »-*'■ ^"j. .JSj^, JJ5 


Program of Dedication 

TV ScrfjKOrt Lnun. and Pnyii TV Rev Cyrgv tnoH, Pj,t„i 

Nonh CudIiiu Synod. TV UllHcru Church m Airier*. 
TV Lullvrrklfft Htmn 



Kilrtdtrtf rhc kingdom ol GAJ 


toi Iron, |Ih Ph.ljJtlph. a School 'rn ill/. 

He u • member ol ihc Lulhcru Church or Hit Hal) Comlnn 


Luthendgc Assembly 

The Bronze Plaque 

TV Glory ol God 

FrfcttJ ol UnVndfE 



Scenes from Lutheridge 

Beaucatcher Mountain to the East. 



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Two youths looking into the unknown future. 

from Veranda of the Efird Mali 

Fall in all of its colorful splendor. 



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^ late summer scene on the lake. 

Spring with azalea beauty everywhere. 

One who has come to Lutheridge should find no difficulty in understanding the sweet singer of Israel who said "Beautiful 
for situation is Mount Zion." Truly every prospect is pleasing to the eye. 

It would be very pleasing to us if we could enable you to enjoy the four seasons at Lutheridge in the scenes we present. 
Mr. Parrot, one of Asheville's tree surgeons, was employed by the Board of Trustees to visit Lutheridge and open some vistas, 
a window or two, so that you might enjoy some distant scenes from Efird Hall, the Lineberger Memorial Dining Hall, Mission 
Hall, Whisnant Memorial Chapel and Kohnjoy Inn. After a while one begins to realize what Rudyard Kipling meant when 
he wrote about keeping "the wilderness out"; for nature keeps sending out new branches here along the vistas, the win- 
dows are closed once more. 

How peaceful just strolling through luxuriant forest. 


What Others Think 

Our files are full of letters and newspaper clippings in which others have expressed their thinking and evaluation of our 
Lutheran Assembly Grounds and some of the things which take place here. 

We can only include a few, but we think they are typical and representative of most of the others. 

Sunday, August 9, 1964 

A RUSTIC CHAPEL sits on a mountainside overlooking Lutheridge 

Lutheridge Is One Of Nation's 
Most Beautiful Summer Camps 

ARnttN _ Knraurlin™ !„ ™.« t " _. 

ARDEN — Sprawling in rug- 
ged splendor across a moun- 
tainside near Arden in the 
western North Carolina moun- 
tains is one of America's most 
beautiful summer camps — 

As far back as IMS, when the 
first Sunday School Institute 
— s held at St. James Lutheran 

Jj£5 EC had "? f,rSt or -j South participate in the organ- 
ganized program during the feed youth programs each week 
summer of 1951 when a seven- Children aga 9 £gh 17 Se 
week camping session was of- part in these activities 
fered for juniors, interned ates » . « , 
and seniors. ™""» A staff of more than 50 col- 

Tl , (1 j^„ . . , „ lege students looks after these 

. "?. "?I^ IS J 0i !l' lv T ,ed !w»P'ams^wiU L Mrs : J v£& 

' by the North Carolina. South 

- =. m S™£? . a ,". d SBtouaten 

Church. Concord, Lutherans of "^e 13 . Alabama. Tennessee 
North Carolina had envisioned ?J Mississippi) Lutheran syn- 
a summer meeting place " is operated and gov- 

The idea that was first born TT .. ? a Board a T^tees 
In Concord was rekindled in the W y thoM Synods, 
years that followed in one-week Tt,e R*"- J- L. Thornburg 
summer sessions at such places "as 3e rvad as executive direc- 
&s Mt. Pleasant Collegiate In- tor of the 200 - acre camp since 

stitut^Lenoir Rhyne College,™ orgattotion He resigned as ing a close, Lutheridge officials 
Newberry College and Sum- h""** of St. Mark's Lutheran feel that only two thirds are 
merland Co ege. church. China Grove, to take lacking _ Z. „,,„Jrl~ Y 

Joint Summer School for ""> Lutheridge post. ^'^^TJSS? ° u8rtCT * "* » 

Church Worker was held at It is estimated that rnrsa-" 
Blue Ridge and Kanuga. a million dolj2s ' "~~~~ 

Then, in 1946. the dream be-ljri--H^--^ „ rf 

came a realitv. Jj*- — , , U TH tR1D 

beautiful jgos^^-^ _., T n«w ° f u 

r oTHE RS 

Long of West Columbia. S. C. 
as director. 

Among its varied activities 
I utheridge also has a School of 
Chiireh Music for adults; an 
annual Boy Scout Retreat- a 
Senior Citizens' Week; a Junior 
Week; and a Seminar on Theo- 
logy In Life. 

With its 14th season now near- 
ing a close, Lutheridge officials 

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4 moan" 


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4 «**' 

new building. 

which is much 
piotel and will 

visitors, was 

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turns away 

l"s who would 
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August 23 i 


Executive u c _ 

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Bear Dr. «•«**»• t „ be «-£***£ S"£uy 

v,«m-r cali- eu _ ^_ nV ot 

ment to y°» slgmon W' actio- 

good l°' t matters l<te£0&*hsr 

or. tf> e urgent slncerj^^?g^ 

Atlanta, Georgia ' 

^ar Dr. Wood. 

Wo^L r | I 1o ?n feL r ! turne 'i from two weelr „ , 
I wish ' lln « **& most 

so many thi^T hs Sames helued ™ "f 1 ? 80 oe to set fhf 5 ^ 0,e to 
-P^ ^S» p- 1- had a Se^^r^-I &-l'S2Lf 
I hav °8lng i n ths 

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tho f. nthusla atlc whm • ldlr « B and have kent ?? S9en th »t the 
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In Appreciation 


Some Expres- 
sions of 
Gratitude and 

This pictorial story of the Lutheran Assembly Grounds, officially named, "Lutheridge" would not 
be complete without some expressions of appreciation and gratitude on our part. 

Praise and thanksgiving to the Almighty God and gratitude and appreciation to a host of others 
have been a reocurring theme in our ministry here. We longed for this final expression to reach 
a high plateau. We are well aware that even now we cannot thank every one individually, but we 
hope each one will see themselves as a part of the corporate group. 

Those first intermediates and their leaders, memorializing my father, Lorenzo A. Thornburg with 
the painting of "Christ and the Rich Young Ruler" which hangs on the wall in the outer office of 
Efird Hall. 

The support, understanding, cooperation and wisdom of the Board of Trustees, not always 
unanimous, but always in the majority. 

The donors of time, talents, finances and leadership are placed under the same umbrella. There 
were small and there were large contributors of money, but all counted and all were thanked per- 
sonally and individually. In our imagination, a host of summer staff, counselors, public school 
teachers, resource persons, the caretaker, the giving of time, and on and on these volunteers come. 
We never asked anyone for money, but as the needs were presented by word of mouth and with 
the annual Thanksgiving one-page letter, the response was generous and liberal, and God multiplied 
what was given. 

Registration desk in Efird Mall. The painting of the rich young ruler 
which hangs on the wall was given by the "first Intermediate 
campers" In memory of L.A. Thornburg, father of J. Lewis Thorn- 
burg, the first Executive Director of Lutheridge. 



The resolutions, an appreciation, both expressions by the Board of Trustee, and the J. Lewis and 
Mary Lee Thornburg Day with unveiling of portraits with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Dre- 
jer, Sr., Ebenezar Lutheran Chruch, Columbia, S.C. 

December 16, ~^T 
Renville, South Carols 
Holiday inn 


THE REV. . lmt , T T _„ 


Br- Thornb 


to*'" retirement 

Executive Director 


Towtaaster - The fiev. L c - 


™ « + S S Institute, St. James, 
^IB... First S.t». ■"»» concord. 

„ ia« T7eek-long summer schools 
1919 - 1552 --* at various places 

r n9 acres of undeve- 
19 46...Purchase of ^72 acre^^ ^ 

S^oTSS; *a.-Ala. synods. 

cost - 835,214.09- 

^Director -March ^ orporated , 
...Luthendge is rncorp . 
ilarch 31 ■ 

1949-1953- • • "g£^3Z*« 

ssr&^s- c r,eU 

' -,j-„^ lake work begun, 
ion building, laxe 

. „_,.,.! ze a summer program: 
1951 . . .First ors^ed ^ter- 

7_week camping i°r j 
mediates, seniors. 
195 2.. .First adult program and choir 
Mississippi Synod 301ns in 




Dr. Thornburg is a native of Gaston 
County and St. Paul's Dallas a grad- 
ate of Lenoir Rhyne College in }9 2 °' 
Southern Seminary in 1923, and Mt. Airy 
Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, in 1924. 
He rTeived his doctor of divinity degree 

^; c hirrisC:tft 2 Luij-^ham, 

m oved to St. John's, Statesville, in^930, 
where he served for 15 years. He served 
St. Mark's, China Grove, from 1945 to 
1949. Early in 1949 he accepted the call 
of the hoard of Trustees of Luthendge 
to become its first Executive Director. 
* Though the years he has been a dev- 
oted and consecrated servant of the 
church. He has made Luthendge into one 
.of Te most outstanding church assembly 
grounds in the LCA. The church u > gr eat- 
g indebted to him for his foresight, his 
hard work, his care of the **£«*£*• 
deep interest in developing the spirit 
ual lives of our young people, and his 
love and devotionjo^ne^fjh^apor^ 

to their rh mark ^ of „ m B to S- 

California. f Sant a Mon; " 


rhornburgs Honored With Portraits 

i ' '^Lt i m^fRAN SYNODS joined in pay.ngtr.bute 


July 12 to a couple who presided *°' 17 V* a /^° ntat j ves of the two Carolina 
LuCdge conference «"»' * A^ ?£ accomplishments of Dr. Lew, 

$1 m "lion. In his tribute to the Thornburgs * hen po ^^ had <ne 

unveiled, the Rev. Bernard TrexJer «^«?«r' natTon in their pursuit to turn 

fs vice pastor of Good Shepherd. Brevard. 

Lutheridge Director Resigns 

Dr. J. Lewis Thornburg has re- 
signed as executive director of 
Lutheridge, it was announced 
last week following the regular 
meeting of the Lutheridge board 
of trustees at the summer assem- 

His resignation becomes effec- 
tive on Dec. 31. 

Thornburg is the only executive 
director to serve Lutheridge in 
its 20-year history. 

Began In 1949 

He assumed the duties in 1949 
when the 172-acre wooded tract 
was still undeveloped. During his 
17-year administration, the assem- 
bly has grown into one of the 
largest summer camps of the Lu- 
theran Church in America. 

Its property and equipment is 
valued at $1,000,000, the highest 
among the 90 LCA summer 
camps. Its per week capacity of 
"00 residents is also the highest. 

The Lutheridge site was pur- 
chased for $35,000 in 1946 by Lu- 
therans in North Carolina, South 
Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. 
In 1952. Lutherans in Mississippi 
joined the project. 

Major buildings at the assem- 



17 -Year 


bly include Efird Memorial Build- 
ing, the chapel, Lineberger dining 
hall-kitchen, Luther Lodge and 
Leadership Hall dormitories, rec- 
reation building, Mission Hall, 
lakeside pavilion, an activity 
building, and Kohn-Joy Inn. 

Prior to assuming the Luthe- 
ridge duties, Thornburg served as 
pastor of three North Carolina 
churches over a 23-year period. 
He began his ministry as pastor 
of St. Paul, Durham, in 1923. In 
1930, he moved to St. John, 
Statesville, where he served for 
15 years. He also served as pas- 
tor of St. Mark, China Grove, 
from 1945 to 1949. 

A native of Gaston County, 
Thornburg graduated from Le- 
noir Rhyne College in 1920, and 
Mt. Airy Lutheran Seminary, 
(Continued on page 2) 



While recognizing Lutheridge to be a gift of God through the 
generosity of a host of His people, the Board of Trustees, also, 
acknowledges that much of what Lutheridge has become is directly 
the fruit of the labors of our first executive director; therefore, 
this board 


First - That the Board of Trustees record its abiding gratitude 
to God for the gift of Lutheridge; and 

Second - That its sincere appreciation be expressed to the Rev. 
J. Lewis Thornburg, D. D., for the seventeen years of self-giving 
service he has contributed to the building of this assembly and the 
development of its program of education, recreation and spiritual 

Third - That we thank Dr. Thornburg for the many friends he has 
won for Lutheridge, and for the liberal contributions he has encouraged; 

Fourth - That we assure Dr. Thornourg that those who have been 
board members will always remember gratefully the guidance he has given 
this board in its work; 

Fifth - That, on behalf of the owning and supporting synods, we 
register the grateful appreciation of the church for the fruitful 
ministry of Dr. Thornburg at Lutheridge and throughout the territory 
it serves; 

Sixth - That we note with thanksgiving the kindnesses which have 
been extended to those resorting to this place of blessedness and 
which have prompted many to thank God for giving this good minister 
to Lutheridge; 

Seventh - That we say to Mrs. Thornburg how genuinely we appreciate 
her devotion to Lutheridge, and her services everywhere that her talents 
have been needed; but most of all, we would thank her for the support 
she has given her husband under the heavy demands which Lutheridge has 
made upon him; 

Eighth - That we show our grateful appreciation to God and to Dr. 
and Mrs. Thornburg by continuing the good work which has been begun 
here, and that we do so in the prayerful hope that it may be performed 
unto the day of Christ Jesus; and 

Ninth - That we pray that these good servants of Jesus Christ be 
followed by the Heavenly Father's finest favors as they walk into the 
future together, and that God will go on using them to the blessing of 
many . 

9 Noverber 1966 



i iU 



Bob Terrell 

Luthe ridge: A Monument 

Dr. J. Lewis Thornburg looks at the land, the rolling, 
forested hills, the green meadows, the service buildings and 
dwellings of Lutheridge, and swells with pnde 

"Prior to 1929," he said, "this was w ~~ 

a land development by Florida people, 
but the depression caught them, and 
the land lay here unused (or 20 years 
until Oscar Pitts learned of it and our ,; 
church was able to buy it for a church 
assembly ground." 

Under Dr Thornburg's direction for 
18 years, Lutheridge grew from a 
$35,000 investment (the cost of, the . 
land) into a million dollar institution ' 
that annually serves thousand^ of [ 
Lutherans from all over the southeast 

They gather here to worship and 
study and play, and they learn many 
things through association with others that benefit them in 
their own church work back home. 

This weekend. Lutheridge. located in Arden just south of 
the U.S. 25-25A intersection, will celebrate its 25th anniversary 
with a Founders Day celebration and banquet on Saturday and 
a Sunday service in Whisnant Chapel 

Dream Of The Fur-Sighted 

For many years, Lutheridge was a dream of far-sighted 
persons in the Lutheran church Oscar Pitts, an auctioneer at 
the Asheville stockyards and a devoted Lutheran layman, was 
one of those 

He relayed information about the 172-acre tract of land to 
the first meeting of the board of Lutheridge at St Mark's 
Church in Asheville in 1947. and the assembly made the 
purchase Later, 20 more acres were added, giving the 
assembly roughly 200 acres. 

Several factors favored construction of Lutheridge on this 
site. Accessibility was immediate. The railroad brought people 
from the directions of Charleston and Cincinnati and dropped 
them practically at Lutheridge's doorstep Bus service was 
adequate on nearby US 25, and the Asheville-Hendersonville 
Airport was "just over the hill " 

Too. Mr and Mrs John S. Efird of Albemarle, lay people 
who had seen other denominations develop assembly grounds 
and profit by them, believed so strongly that they bequeathed 
(30,000 to the North Carolina Synod for this purpose, and the 
church put the money into trust. By the time Lutheridge was 
ready for its first assembly building, this money had grown to 

"All this.' Dr Thornburg said, "put me into my 
'adventure of faith ' My thoughts were that this had to be an 
assembly ground FOR the people We had to get the people to 
feel This is ours.' and we succeeded in this Consequently, 
they had a pride in taking care of it and contributing to it. 

"Because of this, and because we chose to let Lutheridge 
grow in small parts, every building here was paid for when 
completed At no time did we carry a mortgage At no time 
did we have an extremely large capital outlay But now we 
have a capital investment of one million dollars.' 

No Stones Unturned 

The first building at Lutheridge waj Efird Hall, an 
all-purpose building completed just before/ the Korean War 
The center of social and fellowship life at the assembly, it 
contained administrative offices, classrooms and assembly 

As time passed, other units were added, living quarters, 
dining areas, the chapel, an outdoor alter, various recreation 
facilities — many of them contributed by. wealthy Lutherans 
who had a deep and abiding faith in t hi/ value of the work 
being done at Lutheridge 

"Lutheridge," said Dr Thornburg, "has grown to the point 
that it has the potential of serving a lot of people, and the 
buildings have been winterized to make the assembly a 
year-round facility." 

Dr Thornburg was the perfect man for the position of 
executive director of Lutheridge. He took his first pastorate at 
the age of 24 at St Paul's in Durham There were only 12 
persons in his congregation at the start, and he had time on 
his hands. So he did something he had wanted to do all his life: 
he joined the Boy Scouts He was a 24-year-old tenderfoot, and 
proud to be one 

"My experience in the Boy Scouts,'' he said, "helped me 
tremendously at Lutheridge because many of our activities 
center around camping. 

"But the thing that helped me most," he added, "were 
three words given me by a state editor of The Charlotte 
Observer The first was 'visualize.' He told me I had to dream 
dreams for this place. The second word was 'organize.' If my 
dreams were not tied to a plan, he said they wouldn't get off 
the ground. The third word was energize.' It takes energy to 
make a place like this go. Over the years, I found those three 
words invaluable." 

He put those words to use. He left no stone unturned. And 
the people pitched in Together they built Lutheridge into an 
assembly ground they are extremely proud of. 

Dr Thorabur retired as executive director in 1987 and has 
been serving the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Brevard 
He will terminate that service June 30 and retire again, at the 
age of 75, to live contentedly on the grcunds of Lutheridge 

To show their appreciation of the jnt that Dr. Thornburg 
did. the people of Lutheridge will annaun • this weekend the 
change of the name of Leadership hail on the assembly 
grounds to Thornburg Halt. 

The honor is most deserved. 

November 30. 1966 

Dr. J- Lwli Thornburg 


Ardeo. North Carolina 

Dear Dr. Thornburg: 

^•ri.mA to read In the November 16 inu* of the 
1 was quite ourprlsea to in ._,,.,„„ .. Director of 

ktct. 0MOLIW u>"f °'„ '°"i £ 

Lutheridge ettecxive u= 

, yo „ w.Ll 1. 

effort you nay undertake. 

Thoma. W.^eae 


Enclosure: check 


The Story is ended — 

Every story has a beginning and ending. This has been true of "A Pictorial Story", with narratives, of Lutheridge. The 
story ended when I terminated my ministry as the first Executive Director of the Lutheran Summer Assembly at Arden, 
no Miss Ethel Hockemyer, a member of the summer staff, wrote of the event as "An era ended". 

I did my best using the talents and skills God had given me to dream dreams, to visualize the type of facilities which 
would be needed for leadership training for which the Church had purchased the property. Facilities were needed for com- 
fortable housing; for preparing and serving good, delicious food, and last, but by no means of lesser importance, space 
and equipment for a well-rounded recreational program. This required careful, detailed planning and organizing by the 
Board of Trustees and myself to see that financial and leadership resources provided the most and the best. 

If these splendid facilities were unused our work and labor were unproductive. The children, youth and adults of the own- 
ing synods and to be energized, excited, and challenged with a yearning to fill every available space to capacity, week after 
week, all summer long. The pictorial story seeks to record how it all grew and developed. 

My visualizing, my organizing, my energizing has come to an end with this story 



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